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WOLFE'S  HISTORY 


OF 


CLINTON  COUNTY 

IOWA 


P.  B.  WOLFE,  Editor-in-Chief 


ILLUSTRATED 


VOLUME  II 


B.  F.  BOWEN  &  COMPANY 

INDIANAPOLIS.  INDIANA 

191! 


THE  .NEW  YORK 

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ASTOn,   LHNOX   A.ND 

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CONTENTS 


CHAi'TKi:   I      IOWA  AS  A   'iKKKIJOl,' V   AM)  S'lATr, 25 

The  Louisiana  Purchase -Kai-ly  Kxidorations— Discovered  by  DeSoto — 
LeCaron — Indi.nia  'I'ci  riii.ry  Oi-iranizotl — Otiicr  Tci  ritiirial  Divisions — Iowa 
Territory— A'arious  Cessi<jiis  of  the  Territory —Kenioval  (jf  I  he  Indians— First 
Permanent  Settlement — First  Comities  ( "re  ited— Admissiun  nf  Die  State -Clin- 
ton <  'ounty  Erected. 

CilAPTI'.It    II— GF0(;KA1'II[CAI.,   TOPOiilJAPlIUAL  AND   <;i:M:KAi,    .XA'irUAL 

FFATUKES    29 

(;enliii,'y  (if  Clinton  County — Its  Arei  —  Dimensions — Toi)ograi>hy — Mississippi 
Lowlands — Goose  Lake  Channel — Drainage— I'reslacial  Features — StratiKrajiliy 
—  General  Kelation  of  Strata — Fuderlyin-.'  Formations — The  Old  Wells  in  the 
City  of  ("linton- Williiim  Pitch  Well— 'Che  DeWitt  Well— The  Silurian  System 
— The  Xiairara  Limestone — Description  liy  TownsliiiJS — The  Pleistocene  System 
— .MetiMU'olnLTv — An   luti'rest  in;;  Talile — (ire.itt'st  Snow  and   U.-iin  Yeirs. 

CHAPTER  III— 0U(;AM/AT1(>.\  OF  THE  COFXTY 41 

Territorial  Enactment — Camanche  Desijin a  ted  County  Seat — The  First  Com- 
missioners— First  (Jrand  Jurors — First  County  Otticers — Layi^vu  Out  of  Hiirh- 
ways — Territorial  Koads  Surveyed — Prairie  Trails — Change  of  T(.\vnship  Lines 
— County  Governins:  Power — Locating  and  lie-locating  the  County  Seat — Legis- 
lative Enactment — K(>iiort  of  Commissioners. 

CHAP'l'KK   IV— EAPLY   SETTLEMENT  OF  CLLXTOX'  COT'XTY___ 46 

Julian  Dul)U(ine.  the  First  Settlei'  in  Iowa — ciinton  County  Fiir<t  Settled  in 
isr>;^ — Eli.jah  Puell.  the  Pioneer — Early  Ilardshiiis — Conduct  of  the  Indians — 
The  Pearce  Statements  Concerning  the  Early  Settlers — An  Early  Ferry — Old 
Settlers"  Meeting— Autograph  List  of  First  Settlers — Old  \Velton  Colony — The 
Fngiisli  Immigrant  of  is.lO — An  Early  Letter — Domestic  Life — I,aliors  and  Dif- 
tiVnltit's  of  the  Early  Settlers. 

CHAPTER  V— COUNTY  COVERNMENT.  PAST  AXD  PRESENT 02 

The  Foundation — SelcL-tion  of  a  County  Seat— Court  House  History — County 
Seat  Fixed  at  Camanche— Removeil  to  DeWitt — The  Brick  Court  House  at 
DeWitt — County  Seat  Removed  to  Clinton — Burlesque  Petition — Lyons  Takes 
a  Hand  Lyons  and  Clinton  Fin:illy  I'nJl  Together — The  Pre.sent  Court  House 
— Various  County  Jails — C(umty  I'oor  Farm — Items  from  the  Commissioner 
and  Judges'  Records — Proceedin.gs  of  the  Board  of  Suiiervisors- -Finances  of 
the  County — First  Re])ort  of  Taxes — The  C<iunty's  Present  Finaices — Salaries 
of  County  Otticers. 

CHAPTER  VT— COrXTY.  STATE  AND  XATIOXAL  REPRESENTATION 79 

Representatives  in  Congress — State  Senators— Territorial  Representatives- 
State  Rep.resentatives— Reeorders^-Sheriffs— Superintendents  of  Schools- 
County  Auditors— County  Judges— School  Fund  Commissioners— Drainage 
Comnnssioners— District  Attorneys— County  Attorneys— Clerks  of  the  Court- 
Recorders   and    Treasurers — ^Treasurers— County    Surveyors— Coroners — Board 


<  ■  I       *    '  •  1 1 1 1 1  ^\ 

System. 


CON  1  K.N  IS. 
I  ..iMiiiissidiuT.s — Cniiiiiy    Supi-rvisors — Supervisors    rndcv    I'rcseiit 


('II.M'IKK    \  II      -MlI.rrAKV    IIISTOKV   oF  THK  (HIUNTY 89 

Koiu-estMitiHl  in  the  -Mc.xiciii  W;ir— The  Civil  Wiir — Outluirst  <if  I'iitiiotisui — 
<;i<irioiis  Kornnl— War  .Meet iiifrs— Lyons  Meetinir — Meetinj;  and  Knii.stmeuts  at 
Clinton — The  Clinton  <"oiinty  Ciianls — First  Clinton  County  Soldier  Killetl — 
The  Ilawkeye  lian^iers-Illaek  TMunie  Itnn^'ers — Conijiany  A.  Kii;liTh  Itednient 
t'omiKiny  A,  FifletMitli  Kei-'inient — Lion  Coniiiany  of  Clinton  County — Coni- 
pany  F.  Sixtw^ntli  Iieiriment  -The  Clinton  County  Ke;:inient.  the  Twenty-si.xth 
— I'onipany  .\.  Sixth  Cavalry — Soldiers  Aid  and  Relief  Soiieties — Women  Earn- 
est and  Fnthusiastlc — Roard  of  Supervisors  .\ctive — Clinton  County  Soldiers — 
Misceilaneons  Companies — Spanish-American  War — rroclamation  hy  I'resident 
MfKinley — (Jeneral  OnU'rs  Issued — Inwa  National  (Juard  Ordend  to  Move — 
Clinton  County  in  the  Forty-ninth  I{eirinient — Odicers  from  Clinton  County — 
Service  by  Company  L. 

CIl.M'TKi:  VIII-  KAILKOADINt;.  STKAMROATIXCJ  AND  TKANSrOKTATI()N__  1()4 
Clinton  I'ortunately  Situateil — Its  I  )ependi>nce  on  the  Itiver — Teanunsr  and  Ini- 
portaid  IJnsiness — Its  1  Mlliculties — S,>vere  Winter  of  lNr><;-7 — A  Terrible  K.xperi- 
ence — The  Lyons  Ferry-boat — Mail  Routes — I'rovinoinl  Conditions — A  Serv- 
ice of  rni-ertnin  Remuneration — A  Bath  More  Important  than  Mail — The 
Layini:  Out  of  a  Road — A  Resolute  Pioneer  Woman — River  Reminiseences — 
Primitive  Craft — Railroads  vs.  Rivers — River  Tonna.ire  Diminishinjj; — I'ncertain 
Water  Stages — Fnormous  Lumber  Transportation — -First  and  Last  Boats  Each 
Year — River  Transjiortation  Lines — The  "Envoy" — Clinton  County's  First  Rail- 
road— The  <'alico  Line— Chica;.io.  I<i\va  &  Nebraska  Railroad — Cedar  Rapids  & 
Miss^inri  Coniiiany — The  Clinton  Railroad  Bridge— The  Chicaso,  Milwaukee  & 
St.  Paul  Railroad— The  P.urlinirton  R<inte— The  Chicap).  R<tck  Island  &  PaciJie. 

CIIAI'IKI:    l.\      A<;RIcri/J  TRAL    INTERESTS 126 

.\;rri<-idture  and  Lmnber  the  Base  of  Clintoii's  Industrial  Wealth — Pioneers  In- 
vited by  Fertile  Soil  and  Rich  Timber  T/ind — But  TJttle  Conservation  of 
.Natural  Resoiu-ces— .\n  Early  Letter — Statistics  in  lS(;S-lS7.-)-i  •»(>.") — County 
Fair  ,\ssiiciitions — The  r>oWit1    Fair — -Present  Oflicers. 

<   ilMli.lC    \      i:i»lCA  I  lo.\  \1,   l»iA  LLol'.MKN'i    (»F   (LINTON   COFNTY l.".-t 

Iowa  Broad-minded  in  her  Educational  Ideas — Earliest  Schools  in  Clinton 
County — The  Lyons  Schools — Early  Opposition  to  Women  Teachinir  School — A 
Lyftns  .School  Relic — Township  Sclnxds — Early  Clinton  Schools — Erection  of 
Buildings  I'lof.  Ilcury  S.-, bin— History  of  the  Clinton  Schools — Other  Town 
Schools  -.Mrs.  Pureed  Tells  of  the  llaily  Sclmols  of  Clinton  County — Tlie  Pres- 
ent-day Rural  School-Present  St;;ndinj;  of  Clinton  County  Schools — City  and 
'{'own  Schools — (Jrand  Totals  in  Cou'.ity — Rise  and  F.ill  of  the  Lyons  Female 
( 'nllcire— Riverside    Institnte-W.-nMbni;:   CollejX(>. 

CHAPTER  XI  — REI,I<;iOFS  HISTORY  OF  THE  ('OINIY l.-.ii 

Early  Settlers  of  True  Christian  I'ailli — First  Preacher  in  the  County — Father 
Emersoji — Conteniporary  Preacher.s — The  Methodist  Episcopal  Churches — The 
«'Iinf<in   Churches     I».'Witt    M.    1'.   Chnrch-Elwocl     ("miani-he— Other   :\rctlio- 


CON  Til  NTS. 

(list  Churches — Catholic  Churches  of  Clinton  County  -St.  Iranaeus  Parish — 
St.  BonifMce— St.  .M.irys  -SI.  1 'a trick's— Sacred  Heart— St.  Joseph's— I )('\Vitt 
— St.  Joseph's,  Browns — St.  Patrick's,  Villa  Nova — Petersville  and  Charlotte — 
St..  Mary's,  Bryant — Toronto  and  T,o^st  Nation — SS.  I'liilii)  and  .James.  Crand 
Mound  —  St.  ColnnibkiU's — St.  I'atrick's.  Delniar  —  Weiton— Our  Lidy  ot 
Angel's  Seminary — St.  .Joseph's  Hospital — Mt.  St.  Cl.iro  Academy — Concerning 
the  I'io-  eer  Pries! — I-'ather  .Tom — Christian  Churches — DeWitt  Christian 
Church— Seventh-day  Tiaptist  Church— Baptist  Cliurchos— DeAVitt  Baptists — 
Clinton  Baptist  Church — Presl)ytorian  Churches — Clinton  I'rosbyterian  Churcli 
— The  I'nited  Presbyterian  Church — Elvira  United  Presbyterian  Church — Con- 
gregational Church— Clinton — DeWitt — Episcopal  Churches — Lyons  Episcopal 
Church — Evau.selioMl  T.uthernn  Church — St.  Paul's — The  ChiU'cli  at  liuena 
Vi.'^ta — Grand  Mound  Congregation — Danish  Evangelical  Lutheran — Elvira 
Lutheran  Church — Evangelical  Association — Reformed  Churches — Lost  Nation 
Reformed  Church — Wheatland  Reformed  Church — Clinton  Universalist  Church 
— Christian  Science  Chui'ch — The  Spiritualists. 

CHAI'TKU   Nil— SECIUOT   AND   BENEA'OLENT   SOCIETIES IST 

Ancient  Free  and  Accepted  Masons — Western  Star  Lodge  No.  100 — Emulation 
Lodge  No.  2.55 — Order  of  the  Eastern  Star — Keystone  Chapter  No.  32 — Delta 
Council  No.  23 — Knights  Templar — Scottish  Rite  Masonry — Masonry  at  Lyons 
— DeWitt  Masonic  Bodies — Camauche  Masons — Zeradatha  I.od.ge  No.  1S4 — 
Monitor  Lodge  No.  3.30 — Harbor  Lodge  No.  556 — Independent  Order  of  Odd 
Fellows— Patriarchs  Militant— Odd  Fellows  at  Clinton— Eagle  Lodge  No.  8fi— 
Shekinnh  Lodge  No.  42 — Other  Lodges — Knights  of  Pythias — Other  Fraternal 
oVdors — Founding  of  the  Two  Woodcraft  Orders. 

CHAI'TEIt  NI II— BENCH  AND  BAR  OF  CLINTON  COUNTY 203 

Early  Lawyers  in  Clinton  County — An  Amusing  Story — .ludgos  of  the  District 
Coiirt — I'erso'.ial  Mention — First  Courts — Grand  .Jurors — Bounds  of  the  Dis- 
trict— First  Case  Entered — First  Jury  Trial— Early  Law  Practice — Some  Early 
L;i wyors— Present  Active  Attorneys  in  tiie  Comity— The  First  B:ir  Convention 
in   I  own. 

CHAPTER  XIV— THE  MEDICAL  PROFESSION 220 

Followers  of  Galen  in  the  Vanguard  of  Civilization — Ra])id  Advancement  in  the 
Science  of  Medicine — High  Rank  of  Clinton  County  Physicians — First  Doctors 
Here— Camanche— Lyons  I'hysicians— Clinton  Physicians— DeWitt — Clinton 
County  Medicr.l   Society— -List  of  Registered  Physicians. 

CHAPTER  XV— THE  NEWSPAI'ERS  OF  THE  COl  NTV 23S 

Importance  of  the  Local  I'ress — Clinton  County's  First  Paper.  The  Lyons  Mir- 
ror— Still  Published — Clinton  and  Lyons  Newspnpers — Clinton  Herald — Clinton 
Bee— Clinton  Anzeiger — Tri-City  Labor  Voice— Clinton  County  Advertiser — The 
Merry  War — Iowa  Volkszeitun.g — DeWitt  Newspapers— 01i.server—Cii ma uche 
Journalism — Calamus  News]);ipfrs — Lost  Nation  Journalism — Wheatland  News- 
p;iliors— Papers  at  Delmar^Charlotte  Papers. 

CHAPTER  NVl— ELK  RIVER  TOAA'TsSHIP 247 

One  of  the  Six  Original  Townships — Early  Settlers — Later  Comers — Educa- 
tional— First    School     Strong    Gt'i-uinii    Eleuipnt — Early    Alills—f 'rimes — Towns 


CONTENTS. 

of  Elk  Itiver  Township— Alniont — lljiuutnwn — Aiulover — Teeds  (irove — Elk 
Kiver  .Tniii-tion. 

CIIAI'THU   XVII      I>KKI'  ("KEEK  TOWNSHIP — __  253 

lis  l!..iiii(l:iri('s— I>»M-iv.ition  of  N.inio— nosoription  of  Oooso  T>ake — A  Spec'tjicle 
(if  I  >:i//.Iiiii.'  He.iiit.v — EmiI.v  ScttloimMit — Notnhle  Events — Goose  Ljiko — The 
First  rnstoffice — 4iic'irpiir:ition — Present  Officers — Business  Houses — Bx\vjint — 
I'l.ittinu'— E:iriy    Mcirli.ints— I're.-eMt   Business  Interests. 

CHATTi:!;    Will      W  A  ri:KI«»KI>     roWNSIlII* _: 259 

Ms  Terrilniy— Streiins — First  Settler — Aliiiiiihiiice  of  (Jsiine — The  Air  Line 
Bonni  — First  School — First  Tavern — Charlotte — I'lattinir — Chnrches — Kural 
Itoiites  I  niur  I  Miration — Business  and  Professional  I  >ireciory — Browns — Peters- 
ville. 

rilAITEU   XIX  — BI.OO.MFIEI.I)   TOWNSHIP   2*;.-, 

nr^ani/.ation — Early  Settlers — Many  Canadians — Township  Orifiiually  Tiinher- 
les.s — Pioneer  Ainnsenients— Far  From  .Markets — Early  Primitive  ("'onditions — 
Early  Churches — Horse  Thieves — Del  mar — Plattinj; — Railroads — First  Mer- 
chants—Postmast«'rs — Doctors — lyodires— New  Century  Club  Library — .News- 
papers— Incorporation  of  the  Town — Mayoi-s — Waterworks-  I'.usiness  Dire/tory 
— r>elmar  Produce  Comjtany. 

CIIALTEI:    X.\  — P.KIM  »K  FIELD    T<>WNS11IP ^ 271 

l.oc.ition — Early  History — Early  Settlers  Mostly  Native-born  Americans — Rail- 
road— El  wood — Pl.ill  iiiL''  I'irst  Mrrcliants — Postollicc — LodflPS — Population — 
Busin«'ss  Directory. 

CHAPTER  XXI -SHARON  TOWNSHIP 273 

<M-pinization  of  tin-  Township —First  Settlements — Swede  bnrsians — German 
Dnnkards — Lost  Nation — Origin  of  .Name — Plattiu}:  of  Town — Churches — 
.\ew.siijiper.s — Incorporation  —  Mayors — Electric    Lights — Business   Directory. 

CIIAPTEI:    XXII  — LIBERTY    TOWNSHIP 277 

P.oimdary  of  the  Township — Settled  at  an  Early  Date — The  Pioneers — Itail- 
road — Toronto — Early  .Mills^Early"  .Merchants — Church — Postmasters — Lodiies 
— Present   Business  Interests — Incoriioration — Officers — Ftilities. 

rilAI'IKK    XXIII      P.EKLIN     roWNSllIP    :2S(l 

I'ornierly   Includeil     in    Olive    I'ownsliiii — First    Election-^Boundaries    of    the 

Township — Early    Settlers — No    Town     in     the    Township C 1     lOducational 

Facilities. 

<   NAIIFK    .\XI\       UELTON    TOWNSHIP 281 

Boimdarie.s — Orjranization — Fertile  Soil — Physical   Chara<'teristics  of  the  Land 
Early   Settlers     Scvenlh-ilay   P.aptists — WeIlon--First    Merchants — Doctors — 
Pres<'nt     Business     Men      Incorpor.Mion     IM'osent     Oljiccrs — IKlo    P.nsiness    Di- 
rectory. 

CHAPTER    XX\      W.\SIII.\(;TnN    TnWNSlIll' :iS4 

Bonntlrry  mi  Oryani/atioii  Surface — Settled  at  an  Early  Period — Prosperous 
Early  Settlers — Catholic  Clinnh  Well  i'nltivatcd  Fainis  No  Tnwns  or  Vil- 
lajres.   but    Many    Schools  :ind    ('bnrches. 


CONTENTS. 

CHAPTER  XVr— CENTER  TOWNSHIP L'^'fi 

r.nimd.ify  .111(1  Oi  i-'.iiiiziition — Siirf.icc — Settled  iit  ;in  early  Period — ProsixM'ous 
.\,i:riiiiltur;il  ("oiiiimiiiity — The  (".ilico  Kailro.id — Hut  Little  Liti«alioii — Elvira 
— Plattins — Piistiiiasters — <  'Iniic  lies — F'l-esent  P.usiiiess  Interests. 

ciiArriK   \x\  II     iiAMi'siiiKi:  TowNsiiir 2.s'-) 

()r.ir;iniz;iti<i!i    .niil    I'iisl    Klection — Early    Settlement   by   (Jeruians  and    Irish — 

l'"iisl    Settlers — (imd    ScIiiupIs     Xn   'ruwiis  nr    \'ill:iues. 

cHAi'TKi;    xwiii     sriii.xc    \ai.i.i:y    'lowxsiiir u:iu 

I.i'st  'rdwiisiiiii  Kniiiicl  ill  llie  County— Its  I5(uiml:iries— Settled  at  an  ICjirly 
Date — \'alii;ilili'  l\-n ms  -  K.iilw.iy  Systems. 

CllAl'TKU    XXIX      LINCOLN     ToWNSIlir 1>,)1 

Its    Kreetlon    by    the    Hoard     of     County     Cuiiiiiiissioners — Boundary — Area — 

Srreiiiis— Xaiueil    After   the   Martyr    President — I'irst    Lle-tioii. 

CHAl'Tint     XXX      CAMANCilK    'roW.XSIIll'    211:2 

One  of  the  Original  'i'owiisliips  — I  ts  I'.nuiularies  Defined — Early  Settlers — City 
of  Canianche — An  Interestini;  History — Its  Chaniiiiif;  Situ;;tiirn — Ori;.'i'i  of 
the  Tnwi' — Dr.  Georw  I'eek — Survey  of  the  T<iwii — The  Camanche  &  Coimcil 
P.luffs  Railroad — Crossing  the  Mi-ssissijipi — Cainauehe  as  the  County  Se;it — 
First  Invents  at  Canianche — Incoriioral  inn  History — V\'harfmaster — Early  lUisi- 
ness  Interests  of  Canianche — Present  I>usiii(>-;s  Interests — Postotfice  History — 
liurglars  at  Camanche. 

CHAPTER     XXXI— EDEN    TOWNSHIP 3(X) 

A  Fine  Section  of  Country — Its  Situation — Railro:;d — Streinis — Pioneer  Set- 
tlers— First  vSchool — Murders — Low  Moor — First  Houses — Postofllce  and  Post- 
masters— The  I'nder.sround  Riilroad — Stni'niy  .Tordan — First  Merchants — 
Newspapers — Doctors — Fire  of  lOoT — Iiirnrperatiou — I'.usiiK'ss  Directory — 
Ma  lone. 

CHAPTER  XXXII— DE  WITT  TOWNSHIP 3C5 

Organization  and  Roundaiy — N'aluahle  Farm  Lands  a'.d  Iniidoved  Ilomt'ste  ds 
— First  Attempt  at  Settlement — Prominent  Pioneers — Interesting  Incidents — 
First  Events — Town  of  DeW.itt — Location  as  County  Seat — First  House — First 

Log  Court  House — Population  in  1844 — First  Merchants,  Lawyers  and  Physi- 
cians— Coming  of  Railroads — Churches — Pcstotfice  Record — Library — Iowa  As- 
sessment Mutual  Insurance  Comiiany — Clinton  County  .Agricultural  Society — 
First  Newspaper — iHcoriiorai  ion  -Mayors — Present  Oflicers — Fraternal  Organi- 
zations— Professional  and  Business  Directory. 

CHAI'TKK    NNN II I— ORANGE    TOWNSHIP 318 

Area  and  Boundary— Early  S(?ttlers— W.  R.  Barner's  Account  of  the  Towiishij) 
— (rrand  Mound — Incorporation — Churches — Postoffice  History — T'.usiiiess  and 
Professional  Directory — Past  Mayors  and  Present  Town  Officers. 

CHAPTER    NXXIV— OLIVE    TOWNSHIP 322 

Organization — Original  Boundaries — First  White  Settler — The  Dutton  Family 
— An  Early  Lawyer  and  Teacher — Boimes  Trail — Ferry — Calamus  PostofHoe— 
First  Events  in  the  'rownshiit    -.Tohn   Robinson's  Operations — Murder  of  Mrs. 


CONTENTS. 

lIstiRT  Aljier — The  Town  of  (".ilniuus — IiiciirpiuMliKii  OtlicHis — rnslnffico — 
Trpsont   I?nsiiu»ss  K.-iftors — A   Disjistroiis  Fire. 

I   ilAi   ii.K   .\.\X\      .■>i'i:i.\i,    iiix  K   TOWNSIill'   oli'-* 

Urifjin  of  .Nniue— Ur;;;iniz;itio:i — Streauis — Early  Settlement — Town  of  Wlieat- 
Innd — Post  office— Early  Merchants — Serious  Fires — Railroad — Incorporation 
History— Oflicers — War  Koconl  AV;ir  rriccs — AVafi-r  \V<ii-ks— Present  Business 
Interests — Sliort  Reminiscences. 

(•iiai'Ti:r  xxxn  1    t.ank.s  .\.\n  i;a.\ki.\(;  in  the  cointv 335 

iJanks  a  Necessity — The  Fir.«<t  Bank  in  Clinton  County — First  National  Bank 
of  Lyons — Lyons  Saving's  Bank — Iowa  State  Savings  Bank — Clinton  Bankinj: — 
Clinton  Saviniis  I'.ank — City  National  liank — Merchants  National  Bank — I'eo- 
pU's  Trust  and  Savinjrs  Bank — Wheatland — German  Trust  and  Savings  Bank — 
Exchaufie  Bank  .of  Calamus — Farmers  Savings  Bank,  Calamus— Citizens  Sav- 
iufrs  B.ank.  Low  Moor — Teeds  Grove  Savings  Bank — Citizens  Bank  of  Lost  Na- 
tion— First  National  Bank.  Lost  Nation — Elwood  Savings  Bank — Farmers  & 
Merchants  Bank  of  Welton— First  National  Bank  of  DeWitt— Farmers  &  Citi- 
zens Savings  Bank,  DeWitt — DoWitt  Siwings  Bank — Chra'lotte  Savings  Bank — 
Farmers  ;ind  Merchants  Savings  Bank,  Charlotte — Goose  Lake  Savings  Btink — 
I'eoiilos  SMvinirs  Bank.  Delmar — Peoples  Savings  Bank.  (Jrand  >found — P:!nic 
ofls.-.T. 

CHAI'TEK    XXXVII— CLINTON    AND    LYONS ;',41> 

Situation  of  Clinton — Poi)nlation — First  Town  Platted  Called  X^ew  York — Iowa 
Land  Company — Original  Plaiting — Additions  to  the  Plat — Clinton's  Forerun- 
ner— Municipal  History  of  Clinton— First  Council  Meeting — Mayors  Since  In- 
corporation— Present  City  Officers — The  City  Parks — Fire  Department — Police 
Dejiartment — Postollice  History — Water  Works — Gas  Works— Streat  Railways 
— Litigation  .-nid  Contents — Telephone  P.usiuess — Public  Libraries — (irand 
Army  of  the  Republic— Ladies  of  the  Grand  Army — The  Two  High  Bridges — 
Cemeteries — Young  Men's  Christian  As.sociation — Hospitals — Clinton  Industries 
—The  I-umber  Industry— Eai-ly  Mills — Lamb  &  Sons — Young  &  Co. — Cliitrn 
Lnii!'"'i'  '■"  A[i<<ivv;ippi  i;i\i'r  InvLring  Co. — "Mills  Ojerated  at  Lyons — Gardi- 
ner. Batchelder  &  Welles— Da \  id  .loyce — Curtis  Bros.  &  Co. — Lyons — From 
IS.'il  to  1S.~»7 — Ringwood — Lyons  Incorporated — Postollice — IMiblic  Library — 
Gr;ind  .\rn:y  of  the  Kei>nblic  -  Amiexvtion  to  Clintr-n — Defeat  AckumvlcMlged. 

<   HAl'lKK  \NN\1I1    MISCELLANKOrS  ITEMS  OF  INTEREST ;iS«> 

Village  Plats  of  the  County- -The  Fuderground  Railroad — Old  Settlers'  Meet- 
ing.s — Population  of  Cii'iton  County — Saloons  in  Clinton  C:un)ly— Torn. .does — 
M«'morable  Ttunado  of  isuo— storm  of  lS7r.— Storm  of  ISDS— "Bigelow's  Mint'' 
— Di'ys  of  Moundng — Death  of  President  Garfield — Deitli  of  Pr«'sident  McKin- 
ley — Pioneer  Detectives — Hanging  of  Wancn — Hanging  of  Barger — Ilimr's 
Hanging. 

•  IIAl   11:1:  XNXIX— RE.MINISCENCES   428 

Whoatland  Fifty  Years  Ago — Retrospection  and  Rennniscences — It  Might  Have 
I'lfrii  -.\n  Examjile  in  Patriotism — We  Still  Live  A  Kciinniscence  of  Earl.v 
Days — \dt(' on  I'rohibitorv  .\nicndment. 


HISTORICAL  INDEX 


c 


Agatha    Hospital.    Clinton 371' 

Agricultural    Interests    126 

Aid  and  Relief  Societies 97 

Alger.    :\Irs.    Esther,    Murder    of 326 

Almont    250 

Ancient     Free     and     Accepted     :\Ia- 

sons    187 

Andover    251 

Area   of  Clinton   County 29 

Attorneys,  Present  List  of 217 

Auditors    82 

B 

Banks  and  Banking 335 

Baptist    Churches    170 

Barger.  Hanging  of 426 

Barker,  A.  P 210 

Bench  and  Bar 203 

Benevolent    Societies    187 

Berlin    Township    280 

Bethel  A.  :\I.  E.  Church,  Clinton 155 

Bigelow's  ;Mint  413. 

Black    Plume   Rangers ' 93 

Bloomfield   Township   265 

Board  of  County  Commissioners 85 

Board  of  Supervisors 74 

Boat   Statistics   115 

Bollinger,  James  W 210 

Booth.   .John    B 211 

Bounty   for   Soldiers 98 

Brannpn,    William    F 206 

Brick  Court  House  at  DeWitt 64 

Bridge,   Clinton   Railroad    124 

Brookfield    Township    271 

Bryant     257 

Buell,  Elijah   46 

Buena  Vista  Ev.  Luth.  Church 180 

Br.rlington    Route 125 


Calamus    327 

Calamus  M.  E.  Church 157 

Calamus  Newspapers 244 

Calamus    Postofiice   324 

Calico  Line  121 

Camanche     293 

Camanche  as  the  County  Seat 295 

Camanche  Baptist  Church 170 

Camanche   Ferry    52 

Camanche  Journalism   244 

Camanche  Masons 195 

Camanche  M.  E.  Church 157 

Camanche    Physicians    221 

Camanche    Township    292 

Carnegie    Library,   Clinton 362 

Catholic    Churches    158 

Cedar  Rapids  &  Missouri  River  Line  122 

Census,   1834   27 

Center  Township 287 

Change  of  Township  Lines 43 

Charlotte     2G0 

Charlotte   Papers  246 

Charlotte    Savings   Bank 345 

Chicago,  Iowa  &  Nebraska  Line 121 

Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  St.  Paul  Line  124 

Chicago  Northwestern  Railroad 123 

Ciuc^'iio.  Rnck  I.slir.ul  .';:  I'acifi? 12.5 

Christian  Churches   16S 

Christin'i    Science  Church l.v.l 

Citizens  Rank  of  Lost  Ntition 04:! 

Citizens  Saviuics  Rank,  Low  Moor 342 

City  and  Town   Schools 147 

City    XMtiniKil    B:inlc.   Clinton SoH 

Civil    War .S:> 

Clerks  of  the  Court S4 

Clinton    and    Lyons .'540 

Cli'MdU    Anzeigcr    I'M 

Clinton   Baptist  Chnn-]i__  ._   17:.* 

Clinton  C;ii'no,!j:io  T.ilu'.-n'v 'MI 


HISTORICAL    IXDKX. 


Cliiitnii    ('niictiTit's   .!'■>''> 

Cliiitiiii   ('liristi.-m   Churcb K!"^ 

Clinton.  City  Tjirks 353 

Clinton  Con;;rosatioii;i]  ("iiun-li ITT 

Clitton   County    Advert is<>r -41 

Clinton  County  Afiriculturnl  Associa- 
tion        K>1 

Ciiiiluii    Cniiiily.    Arc;i    of -!• 

Clintou   County.    K.irly    Settleuient —     4i: 

Clinton  County  Cu.inls '.>! 

Clinton  Coui'ty  .Mcilical   Society "Jii'.i 

Clinton    Cfiunly    <  )rj;.inizeil 41 

Clinton    County     Ucsinient *.•"> 

Clinton    County    Soldiers '.lit 

Clinton    County's    First    Itailroad l:j1 

Clinton  Danish  I'.v.  T.ulli.  Cliunli ISl 

Clinton   Kiiis«-o|iaI   Ciniiili ITS 

Clinton    Kvanjieliral    Association 1.S2 

Clinton    Tire    Department IVA 

T'linton.  Kirst  Claim  at r>l 

Clinton    tlis   Worics '.\~}~ 

Clinton   Herald   23S 

Clinton    Ilnsiiitals    3T2 

Clinton    Industries   ?>72 

Clinton    Lunilier    Co :\~\\ 

Clintou.    Mayors   of oHi 

Clinton    Metliodism    1.":! 

Clinton.   Municipal   History :'..'')1 

Clinton  National  Raidv 33S 

Clinton    Newsjiapers    2'\^ 

Clinton    riiysicians    21'! 

Clinton   I'olice  Department ;'."')4 

Clinton  County.  I'opulation  of 80S 

Clinton    Postoffice    ."..V) 

Clinton    rroshyterian   Church 1T."> 

Clinton.    Tresent    City   Officers M.VJ 

Clinton    Public   Libraries .",01 

Clinton    Pailroad    Hridfre 12  1 

Clinton    S;ivint:s   Paidc .",:!"i 

r'iiiilK'i  .^diMol  Snp(>rintendents 141 

Cli'iton    Schools.    lOarly V',s 

Clinton    Street    P-iilways ."^HS 

Clinton     'rclcMhone    Piusiness :5('iM 

Clinton    riHvcrs-ilist    Clnin-h IS) 

Clinton   W'icr  Works .•^-.c, 

Clinton    W.'lls    :•,:'. 

Coinndssioiier   I'e''f>iiN  72 

Comndssloners.    County    S." 

rnnimissioners.    DrainaRe    S?, 


Commissioners.    School-fund   .S3 

Company  A.  Eighth  Reg 94 

Company  A.  Fifteenth  Keg !)4 

Company  A.  Sixteenth  Ileg !)4 

Comi)any  A.  Sixth  Cavalry !)7 

Company    F.    Sixteenth   Keg J>4 

Company  L.   Forty-ni'ith  Keg l(t2 

Congregational    Churches    1T<! 

Congress,    Kei)resentatives   in T'.) 

Coroners    s.~» 

County  Attorneys 83 

County   Commissioners 85 

County    Finances   75 

County    Governing    Power 43 

Count.v    (iovernmeut,   I'a.st   and    Pres- 
ent      (12 

Count.v    .Tails   70 

Count.v    Judges    ,s:5 

County    Officers.    First 41 

Count.v  Organized 41 

County    Poor    I'ann 71 

County   Seat  at   Camanche 2'..". 

Comit.v    Seit    Eleotioi r>7 

Cotmty  Seat  Located 43 

County    Seat   Ke-Locnted 43 

Count.v   Seat   Kemoved   to   Clinton (>5 

County   Supervis(u-s si! 

Count.v  Surveyors S4 

County    Treasurers    84 

Court    House    lllstoiy    . <;2 

Court   House.   Present <>!> 

Crossing    the    Mississippi    295 

Curtis  Bros.  &  Co 382 

D 

Days   of    Mourning    414 

Death    of   President   Cnrfield 415 

Death   of  President  IMcKinley 41 S 

Deei)    Creek    Township 25:', 

Delmar    2f«7 

Delmar   M.   E.   Church ir,s 

Delmar    Newsi>aiiers    24() 

DeSoto,   Fernando    25 

DeWitt   as  the  Seat  of  .Justice 311 

DeWitt  Rnptist    Church    171 

DeWitt    Ciiristian    Chni-i-h        KV.) 

DeWitt    Congregational   ('linrcli  177 

DeWitt    F.iir    i:'.l 


HISTORICAL    INDEX. 


DeWilt.   lucdi-poi-iitHiii  of Ml  t 

DeWitt   Masonry    I'.M 

DeWitt,   Mayors  of 31.". 

DeWitt  M.   K.   Church 1". 

DeWitt    Named    7;; 

DeWitt  Observer   248 

DeWitt    I'hysicians    '22(> 

DeWitt,   roi'iUation   in  1S44 811i 

DeWitt   I'ostortice   Ket-onl 'SV.i 

DeWitt  Public  Library 818 

DeWitt    Savings   Bank 844 

DeWitt,  Town  of 31(J 

DeWitt    Township    .305 

DeWitt  U.  P.  Church 174 

DeWitt  Well   34 

Diamond    .To    I^ine llti 

District  Court.  First  Term 218 

District    Court    Judges 204 

Dillon,  John  F 205 

District    Attorneys    83 

Domestic   Life   59 

Drainage     32 

Drainage  Commissioners .S8 

Drift    Plains    31 

E 

Earliest    Schools    134 

Early   Clinton    Schools 138 

Early  Explorations  25 

Early   Justice  Courts 51 

Early  Saw-Mills 377 

Early  Settlement  of  Clinton  County_     46 

Eastern   Star  18S 

Eden    Township    300 

Educational   Development    134 

Elijah   Buell    46 

Elk  River  Township 247 

Elk  River  Township  Schools 248 

Elk  River  Township  Settlers 248 

Elvira    287 

Elvira  Lutheran   Church 182 

Elvira  U.  P.  Church 174 

Elwood    271 

Elwood  M.  E.  Church 1,^6 

Elwood   Savings  Bank .348 

Emerson,   Rev.  Oliver 1,50 

English    Emigrant   of   1850 50 

Episcopal  Churches 178 


Evangelical    Luthoian    <liiuthes 17'.t 

Example   in    Patriotism    434 

Exchange  Bank   of  Calamus .342 

F 

Fair  Associations i:'>o 

Farm  Statistics 12S 

Farmers  and   Merchants  Bank,    Wel- 
ton    843 

Farmers     and      Merchants      Savings 
Bank.   Charlotte   345 

Farmers  Savings  Bank,  Calamus 342 

Father    Emerson    1.50 

Ferry  at  Camanche 52 

Ferry  Boat  at  Lyons loc, 

Finances   of    County 75 

Financial    .Statement,    1009 77 

First   Bank    in   County 3.35 

First  Bar   Convention   in   Iowa 217 

First  Claim  at  Clinton 51 

First   Clinton   County  Attorney 215 

First   County   Officers 41 

First   Courts   213 

First  Grand  Jurors 41 

First   Jury   Trial    213 

First  M.  E.  Church,  Clinton 1.58 

First   Minister   in   County 1.50 

First  National  Bank,  DeWitt .344 

First  National  Bank,  Lost  Nation 848 

First  National  Bank,  Lyons .330 

First    Railroad    121 

First  School  Tax 73 

First    Settler   40 

First    Settlers   .53 

Founding  of  Woodcraft  Orders 201 

G 

Geographical   Features 20 

Geological  Description  by  Townships    34 

Geology  of  Clinton  County 20 

German    Trust   and      S.ivings     Bank, 

Wheatland    341 

Goose  Lake   250 

Goose    Lake    Channel ,32 

Goose  Lake  Savings  B;ink 345 

Grand   Army  of  the  Republic 804 

Grand  Jurors,    First 41 


HISTORICAL   INDEX. 


Cniiul    .Mnmid    i\1U 

(Jnind   .Miiiiiiil   Innnnnnel  Church IM 

(Jnint.  J.iiiK's    l!os 

II 

Il.iwUi'.vc   ICnii^rtTs  1)3 

H.iiiipsliin'  Tnwiisliip   2S0 

Il.-iii^iiiU  iif  It.ir^rer 420 

Ilangiuj:  of  Iliiier 421! 

IIiin>:iii^   (if   W.irren 421 

Iljiuntdwn    250 

n:i.vos.  Wjilter  I 208 

Hii-'li    Hridfies   365 

Miner's    Ilniifiinfr   420 

TInrso    Tliipves    207 

Hoiisi'.   A.   J 210 

Ilnwit.    Andrew    211 

I 

Independent    Order    of    Odd    Fellows  196 
Indiiins,    Conduct   of 4<j 

Indians  lieuioved 27 

Inflated  Values 260 

Iowa  Land  Company 340 

lowan  l>rift  I'lain 31 

Iowa  State  Savings  Bank.  Lyons 33S 

Iowa    Territory    25 

Ifiwa    \olkszeitunj< 242 

J 

Jackson,    Douglas   V 211 

Jails  7,, 

Jean.   Kcv.   Frederick   C 107 

J<>y<e.  David  381 

Judges   83 

Judges  of  the  District  Court 204 

Judges'    Uecords 7-_> 

Justice  Courts.   Karly 51 

K 

Keokidv    Nortlieni    Line   lit; 

Kiiiglits  r.f   rytliias 2(J0 

Knights  Tcnijilar 1S<» 

L 

Ladies  of  the  <;.   A.   K 365 

Land)   &    Sons ;;77 

Laying  Ont  of  a    IJoad lu'.i 


Leltingwell.    A.    J 200 

Lofliiigwcll,   William   K 2lo 

Lil>erty    Township    270 

Lillrnlii     'rnwiisllip     291 

Lion    Company    94 

Locating  tlic  Cdimty  Seat 4;> 

Lost  Nation 274 

Lost  Nation  Catholic  Church 105 

Lost    Nation    Journalism 244 

Lost  Nation   Reformed  Church 1S3 

Louisiana  Purchase 25 

Lowlands.  :Missi.ssippi 30 

Low  Moor 302 

Low  Moor  M.  E.  Church 158 

Lmnher  Industry 371; 

Lyons     383 

Lyons  &  Iowa  Central  Route 121 

Lyons,    Annexation    to    Clinton 387 

Lyons  Congregational   Church 170 

Lyons  Episcopal   Church 178 

Lyons  Evan.  Luth.  Church 17!) 

Lynns   Female   College 148 

Lyons  Ferry  Boat 100 

Lyons,    Incorporation    of 385 

Lyons,    Mayors   of 385 

Lyons  M.  E.  Church 152 

Lyons   Mirror    240 

Lyons  Newspai)ers 2.3S 

Lyons  Physicians 222 

Lyons  Postoffice  380 

Lyons   Presbyterian   Church 172 

Lyons  I'uhlic  Library 380 

Lyons  Savings  Bank 337 

Lyons  School    Relic    137 

Lyons   Schools   135 

Lyons   Street    Railways 358 

M 

Mail  Routes 107 

M.ilono    3^4 

Markliam's  Tavern   2OO 

Ma.sonic   Order   is7 

Masonry  at  Lyons 193 

.Modicil    Profession    030 

Medical   Society,  Clinton  County 220 

Meetings.    War    91 

Merchants  National  Bank.  Clinton___  .340 
Mercy    Ilo.spital.   Clinton .370 


IlISTOKRAL    lM)i:X. 


.Mrtciinildtry    •57 

.Mctlunlist     i;|iiscu|(.il    ( Miurclies 1.">12 

Mcxicin    W.u-    '     M> 

Mit.-lifll.  Cill.crt  C.  It -'!»!» 

Milil.iiy  History  of  County Mt 

Mills  :it    Lyons :{8(> 

.Miscclhincnns    ('onmi.inils    !)!) 

.Miscollanciins   Items   3S9 

Mississijipi    Discovered   26 

Mississijijii    T.owl.iiuls 30 

Mississiiijii  Kiver  Logging  Co 380 

Mt.    St.    Clare   Aeadeniy 1G7 

Murder   of   Mrs.   Alger 32G 

Murders  in   Kden  Township 301 

Murray.    Saniucl    It 21o 

N 

Natural   Features 29 

Newsimpers  of  the  County 238 

New    York    351 

Niagara    Limestone   34 

Northern   Steamboat  Line 11(5 

O 

Odd    Fellows   IOC 

Oflicers.  County,   Sjilary 78 

Old   Clinton   Wells 33 

Older   Drift    Plain 31 

Old   Settlers'   Meetings 30fi 

Olive  Township 323 

Olive   Townsliip,    First   Events 324 

Orange  Township 318 

Order  of  the  Eastern  Star 188 

Organization  of  the  County 41 

Our  Lady  of  Angels  Seminary 160 

P 

Panic  of  1857 346 

Past   County    Government 02 

Patriarchs   Militant    106,  198 

I'eoples  Savings  P.ank,  Delmar 345 

Peoples  Savings  Bank,  Grand  Mound  346 
Peoples    Trust    and     Savings    Bank, 

Clinton     340 

Periods  of  Iowa  History 27 

Petersville    263 

Petersville  Catholic  Church 164 

Physicians.   List   of   Registered 231 

Pioneer    Detectives    419 


Plats  of  Towns  and    \illages 3S<.» 

Pleistocene    .System    37 

Poor    Farm    71 

Population   of  Clinton   County 398 

Prt'sbyterian   ('inn-clies 172 

Present  Attorneys  in  County 217 

Present  Couit   Mouse (»9 

Present-day   Itural    School 144 

Press  of  Clinton   County 238 

Proclamation    of     President    McKin- 

ley     100 

Proliihitory  Amendment,  Vote  on 442 

Pythian    Order    2(M) 

R 

Itailroading    104 

Railroad,   The   First   121 

Railroads  vs.  Rivers 113 

Rain    Statistics    40 

Itecorders    84 

Reformed  Churches 183 

Registered  I'hysicians 231 

Relatiim   of   Strata    33 

Relief  Societies 97 

Religious  History 150 

Reminiscence  of  Early   Days 439 

Reminiscences   428 

Reminiscences  of  the  River 111 

Removal   of   Indians 27 

Representatives    80 

Representatives    in    Congress 79 

Retrospection 430 

Richman.   .Tacoh   S 209 

Ringwood    385 

River    Reminiscences    111 

Itiverside   Institute   149 

River  Traffic  118 

River  Transportation   Lines 116 

Robinson,    John    W.    S 326 

Royal   and   Select   .Masters   189 

Royal    Arch    Masons 188,  194 

Rural  Schools,  Present-day 144 

S 

Sacred   Heart   Church,   Clinton 161 

St.  Boniface  Catholic  Church 160 

St.  Colnmbkiirs  Church.  Hughes 165 

St.    Irenaeus    Catholic   Church,    Clin- 
ton   159 


HISTORICAL   INDEX. 


St  Josephs  Church,  DeWitt 162 

St.  .T<is«>pli's  Ilospitiil 167 

St.   .Miiiy's  Church.   Hrviint 165 

St.    .Mnry's   Church.    Clinton 160 

St.   Patricks    Church.    Clinton 161 

St.  r.itricks  Cluircii.  lU'lninr lOO 

St.   r,itrick'.>*  Cliurch.   Vilhi  Nova 164 

St.    Paul's    Kv.    Luth.    Church 180 

S.>*.  l'hili|>  and  .Tanie.s  Church,  Grand 

•Mound    —  16o 

Salary  of  County  Officers 78 

Saloons  in  Clinton  County 398 

School-fund  Coniniissioners 83 

S<-ho(>I    Statistics    148 

School    Superintendents   82 

School  Superintendents,  Clinton 141 

School  Tax "3 

Schools  at  Lyons 135 

Schools.   City   and   Town 147 

Schools.  Earliest 134 

Schools,    Present    Standing 14G 

Scottish   Kite  Ma.sonry 100 

Secret    Societies   187 

Senators    79 

Settlement  of  Whites 27 

Seventh-I^ay  Baittist  Church 160 

Seven'    Winter   of   185G 105 

Sharon    Town.ship    273 

Sheriffs    82 

Silurian   System   34 

Snow  Statistics 40 

Soldiers  Aid  and  Helief  Societies 07 

Soldiers     Rounty    OS 

Spanish-American    War    100 

Sfiiritualists     1S5 

Si.rinu'    Kock    Township 320 

Spring    N'alley    Township 200 

State  Representatives 80 

State   Senators   79 

Statistics.    School    14S 

Steainboating    104 

Storm  of  lS7r> 410 

Storm    of    1808 412 

Stowr«.    J.    S 323 

Strata.   Relation   of 33 

Stratigrai)hy     .33 

Superintendents    Clinton    Scliools 141 

Su[ierinfendents  of  School 82 

Supervisors    SO 


Su])ervisors,    Proceedings    of    74 

Surveyors  84 

T 

Tax    and    Valuation    1877    76 

Tax    Report,    1840 76 

Taxation.    1851    73 

Teed's    (Jrove    251 

Teed's  Grove  Savings  Bank 342 

Territorial    liepresentatives    80 

Territorial   Itoads  Surveyed 42 

Territory  of  Iowa 25 

Tlie  Calico  Line 121 

The  "P:nvoy"  118 

The  Pioneer   Priest 167 

Topographical  Features 20 

Tornado  of  I860 309 

Tornadoes     399 

Toronto     278 

Toronto  Catholic  Church 165 

Township  Lines.  Changes  of 43 

Traffic,    River    118 

Transportation    104 

Treasurers   84 

Twenty-sixth  Regiment 95 

U 

Uncertain    Remuneration    108 

T'ndergroimd  Railroad   301 

T'nderlying   Formations   33 

T'nion   Reformed  Cliurch 18:^ 

T'nitetl    Presbyterian    Church 174 

T'niversjilist   Church    184 


Valuation  and  Tax,  1877 76 

Vanderhurg 73 

Village    Plats    388 

Vote  on   Prohibitory  Amendment 442 


W 


Wapsipinicon  Lowlands 31 

War  Meetings 01 

Warren.   Hanging  of 422 


HISTORICAL   INDEX. 

WMithinf:    ('(illepe    14!)  Wheiiflaiul,  Fires  at 331 

Wasliiiif^tdii    Tdwnsliip    liN-i  Wlif  itlaiul    XowsjiaiKn's   245 

Watei'foid    TowiishiiJ    2oS  Wheatland  Itefunuod  Church 184 

Waterman,   Charles   M 200  V.'he:tlan(l,  IiPU!i:iisce:ices  of 333 

Weather    Talilc  38  While  Colhir  Line llO 

WHls.  Old  <-liiit<.H .'!3  William  Pitch  Well 33 

Wclton     liN2  Wdlf   lUiu-'ty    73 

Wclton   Catholic   Church vr,  Woodcraft  Orders,  Founding  of 201 

\\('ll<in    Colony    55 

Wclton    i^eventh-Day    r.aptisi    ('Inin-li    ICM  Y 

Wolton    Township    2S1 

Wharfmaster.  Camanche 297  Toung;   Men's   Christian   Association.  303 

Wheatland    330  Young.  W.  .7.  &  Co . .378 

\nio;itland    Fifty   Yenrs   Ago 428 


BIOGRAPHICAL  INDEX 


Ackerman,    George    G.    526 

Adrain,  Julius 1128 

Ahrens,    John    B.    992 

Aiknian,  E.  M. 1098 

Albright.    A.    J. 501 

Albright,  Mrs.  Tobitha  D. 500 

Alden.  Charles  F.   878 

Allen,   Lucius    P.   466 

Ambrose,    John    P.    1012 

Anderson,   Hans  880 

Anderson,  James  W. 1130 

Anderson.    Thomas    498 

Andresen,   Christian    861 

Ankeny.  Augustus  L. 464 

Ashford,  William  D. 460 

Ashford.    William    R.    459 

Ashpole,    Henry    785 

Atzen,   John   M.    1014 

B 

Babcock,  James  O.  999 

Barber,  Albert  A.  '-   904 

Barber,  A.  E. 648 

Barber,  George  W.   520 

Barber,  William  R. ^—r.^ 640 

Barnum,  James  H. , 1112 

Barr,    C.    V. 693 

Bather,    .John    R.    544 

Bauer,  Charles  H.  1072 

Becker,    Henry    672 

Beeby,  Charles  W. 922 

Beeby,   Harry   E.   949 

Behr,  Hans  F.  C. 996 

Bendtschneider.    John    F 937 

Benedict,    James    C.    737 

Berner,  Albert  H. 521 

Berst,  Carl  B. 1009 

Bingham,   Charles   C.    794 

Blake,   Charles   A.   608 


Blodt,    John    J.    836 

Blumer,   .Joseph   F.   944 

Blunk.   Hans   C.   525 

Blunt.   Arthur   W.    908 

Boardman,    Norman    496 

Bohart,   Charles  S.   610 

Borbeck,  Joseph  862 

Bormann,  Louis  J. 801 

Bousselot,  Henry  E. 566 

Bowers,  Henry  F.  552 

Brandenburg,  John   C.   1042 

Brick,    Conrad    621 

Briggs,   Stephen   ,_  484 

Broderick,    James    765 

Broomfeldt,    Lewis    C.    958 

Broxam,    Benjamin    891 

Brumer,  Robert  G.   775 

Buech,    Charles    940 

Buell,   Elijah   575 

Buell,  Langworthy  J. 972 

Buell,  William  E. ^__  574 

Buennig,    Claus    605 

Burke,  Thomas  J. 643 

Busch.    George    C.    519 

Butzloff.    F.    L. 468 

Buxton,  Perry  T. 655 

C 

Cahill.    Patrick  1126 

Cain,   Edward   L.    1026 

Carlin,  :\I.  F. 661 

Carroll.  William  H. 876 

Carstensen,    Julius    553 

Cavey,   Matthew  B.   527 

Chandler,    Esek   B.    ____; 616 

rhai)nian,  Lee '. 1138 

Chase,    Charles    W. 869 

Christensen,   Engle    J.    540 

Christensen,    Hans    H.    947 

Christensen,    Peter    _. ^-, . 896 

Christian,   Madison   L.   1050 


BIOGRAPHICAL  INDEX. 


Christiansen.  Carl   J.   993 

Clancy.  .John   651 

Clapp.    John    W.    549 

Clark.    .James    B.    931 

Clark.    William    B. 938 

('l.ins4M).  C.-irl  C. ^ 71(1 

Clausen.    Engver   N.   "90 

Claussen.   Claus   .1.    4.^)4 

Clinton   Business  College   844 

Clinton  Sugar  Refining  Co. 878 

Cole.   Ansel    O.   817 

Cole.  Charles  W. 595 

Collins.  Seth  L.   1088 

Connole.   Cecil   V. 743 

Conrad.  Charles  C. 750 

Conrad.  Harold  F. 752 

Conrad,  J.  C.  &  Sons 750 

Cook.  Alfred   L.   1063 

Cook.   Edmund    L.    933 

Cook,  John  B. 1022 

Cooper,    Robert    D.    777 

Cornish,    Oscar    P.    1084 

Correll,  Alf  E.   848 

Corson,   Truelove    M.    995 

Cossins,    Horace    M.    959 

Crampton,    William    B.    1015 

Creger,    John    Henry    1073 

Cressey.  John   H. 1136 

Cressey,  Robert  E.  508 

Creveling.    Samuel    770 

Crockett.    Harrison    U.    536 

Crockett,  Samuel  Y.  536 

Cummings.   Langdon   J.  580 

Cunningham,    John 813 

Curtis.    Charles    F.    694 

Curtis.    George    M.    445 

Curtis.  Liman   J.   634 

D 

DeLange.  James 701 

Detlef.    Julius    613 

Dexter.  Horatio  R. 884 

Dice.  Bruce 1106 

Dice,  Helen  1106 

Dice,  Samuel 1106 

Dickey.  John    W.       1113 

Diebner.    Emil    766 

Dieckmann.    William    L. 820 


Dicrks.   Ili-nry   1177 

Dierks,   Henry   W.   669 

Dilley.   Sebastian   C.   597 

Disbrow.    Martin   A.    1096 

Dixoon.    John    1139 

Dolan.   James   E.    1008 

Dolan.    John    1035 

Dolan,    Martin    1035 

Duer.   Peter  C.   510 

Dulany.  George  W.,  Jr. 747 

Duley,  Joseph  I. 1141 

Dunlap,  John  W. 997 

Dutton,    Jerome    584 

Dutton.  O.  L. 680 

Dutton,  Lorenzo  D. 624 

E 

Eastman,    Lauren    C.    542 

Eaton,    Ebenezer    854 

Eaton,    William    D.    854 

Edens.  .John  H. 632 

Eggers.    Hans    1057 

Ellis,    Frank    W.    866 

Ellis,    Lyman    A.    867 

Evans.  John  W. 829 

F 

F.iirchild,  D.-ivid  S. 1000 

Fallesen,  Peter 1116 

Farrell,    Peter    561 

Farrell,  Thomas 1045 

Fay,  Clarence  A.  863 

Fay,  Horace  A. 973 

Fay,  Louis  E. 973 

Fegan,  Josepli  D. 984 

Fields.   Jesse  S.    .547 

Flynn.  Mathew   1027 

Fox,  Henry  F. 654 

Fox.  John   F. 1021 

Frnhm.  Charles  M.  n64 

G 

Gage,  Frank 1023 

Gage.  Marshall   S.   B.   976 

Galbraith.  Henry  G. 1056 

Gallf)\vay.   Daniel  C. 1147 


BIOGRAPHICAL  INDEX. 


Gardiner.  Silas  W. 456 

Gelilsen,  John  J.   lios 

(Jeorne,  Calvin  H. S>S(t 

Gibson.  Richard  .1. 798 

Gluesing.  Claus  .1. 936 

Gohlnian.  Christoph  J. 816 

Gohlman,  .John  G. 499 

Gohlniann,  M.ithJMs  T. S.")ti 

Goodnow,  Royal 1106 

Gradert,  Gustav  462 

Green.  Jacob  531 

Grlebel,   Henry  C. 792 

Grumstrup,  Thomas  D.   808 

Grmnstrui),  Walda   :\1. 808,  832 

H 

Ifahn.  Henry  N. 63.t 

Hale.  Edward  .T. 802 

Hallinan.    Edward   L.    452 

Hannaher.  Thomas  C.   782 

Hanrahan.  William  F. 945 

Hansen,  Fred  G. 477 

Hansen.  John  C. 837 

Hanssen.  Eugene 741 

Harrington,  Andrew  L.  1029 

Harrington.   Chaimcey    S.    909 

Hart.  Claude   D.   874 

Hart,  Edward.  Jr.  529 

Hart.  Edward.  Sr.  530 

Hart.  Paul  D. 874 

Hart.   Reuben   C.    ■.^___  841 

Hartmann.  August .__ TSO 

Hasenmiller.  William , 490 

Hauke.  Thomas  E. ^ 687 

Hayes,   George  V.   784 

Hayes,  Walter  T.   571 

Heflin,   Benjamin    J. ^ 846 

Heie,  Rev.  Johanas  J. . 744 

Hemingway.  Fred  B. ^^^__ 470 

Hennessy,  Rev.  :\T.  J. . 963 

Henningsen.  B.  H.  A. . 920 

Herkelman.  William   __1124 

Hesse.  Frank ,^ __:_  649 

Higgins,  Israel  582 

Hilbert.  C.  Henry   546 

Hilbert,  W.  ^\. ,_ 1145 

Hill.  Olin  E. ^_ ,828 

Hines.  William   650 


Hinrich.  August 1146 

Iliuton.  Thomas  S.  810 

Hoffmann,   Jacob    1016 

Holconih,  Fred  C. 557 

Holmes.    William    472 

Honirighausen.    George    641 

Momrighausen,  John  F. 702 

Homrighausen,  .John  X. 948 

Hooks,    Charles    F.    828 

Horstmann,  Bismark  C. 664 

Horstmann,    Gustav    A.    746 

Horstmann,    H.    F.    1__1142 

Howes.   Philip   604 

Hughes,    Richard    824 

Hunter.  Joseph 697 

Hynes,  .Michrel  H. 1121 

I 

Illemann.   M.   H.   507 

Ingebrigthsen,    Peder 916 

Ingwersen,  Martin 77G 

Ingwersen.    Nicholas    E.    611 

Irwin,   Clarence   C.    1076- 

Iten.    Louis    1078 

J 

Jackson,   .Julius   M.   1110 

Jaenicke.  Adolph   739 

Jameyson,    Hiram    E.    823 

.largo,    Charles    ,_^ , 10.17 

Jargo,  William   F.   1017 

Jensen,    Christ    . ; .696 

Joehnk,  Henry  C. ^^_^__, ^,^.,461 

John.  Howard  D. ^ ,__  831 

John.    :\rilo    J.    830 

Joiinson,   Hans    . -621) 

.T.orgensen,    Carl    -,w--~ -797 

.lorgensen.    Soren    . ^^ ^ =  971 

•Joyce.  William   T.   ,._.___1060 

K  ,  •      

Kallenbach,  John __^. __-.,638. 

Ka.llenbach.    Joseph , ._.__, 492 

Ka,llenbach.  Nick ^^ ._^.491. 

Kehoe.   Edward   M.   _.. ^ -853 

Keiner.  Louis  C. 942 


BIOGRAPHICAL  INDEX. 


Keith.  Willis   E.   S47 

Kelly   Brothers  742 

Kelly.  David  E. 1032 

KHIy.  J.   A.    742 

Kelly.  John  W. 617 

Kelly.    Lee   C.   812 

Kelly.    P.    H.    742 

Kelly.  Robert  Bruce 788 

Kelly.  Samuel   S. 448 

Kelly.  T.   F.   742 

Kelly.  W.  .1. 742 

Kenney.  Charles  W.  821 

Kershner.  Frank  O. 6.57 

Kester,  Carl  John  F. 504 

Kinp.    F.    B.    818 

Kistner.  George   P.   917 

Klahn.  Hugo  642 

Klahn.   Julius   658 

Kimtzan.   Henry 1134 

Koons.  William 480 

Korn,  Otto   881 

Kramer.  August 932 

Krunipelmann.    Clem    781 

Kruse.  Clans    (Clintx)n) 865 

Kruse.  Claus 924 

Kuebler.    Conrad    629 

Kuehn.   William   C.    988 

L 

Lamb.  Artemus 684 

Lamb.    Chancy    731 

Lamb.  Garrett  E. 676 

Lamb.  James  D. 1030 

Lamb.    Lafayette    681 

Langbehn.  William   O.   656 

Lathrop.  Charles  H.  625 

Lee.   William   475 

I^eedhan.  Frank  W. 700 

Leedham,    William    543 

Leimbach.    William    614 

Lietz.  John  860 

Llndmeier.  Henry 779 

Ix)gan.  John  J.   762 

Lohberg.  Frank  . 968 

Ix)hberg.  Franz  . 1 969 

Loofboro.    Isaac   N.   1007 

Lubbers.    John    , 1028 

Lund.   Christian    IHiO 


Lund.    Herman    675 

Lund.    John    676 

Lund,    Justus    675 

Lund,  Virtus   673 

Mc 

.McCarthy.  Frank  L. 793 

.McCord,  Elias  S.   1086 

McDermott.  Frank  J.   822 

McGarry.    W.    A.    645 

.McGinn,  Francis  P. 960 

McKenna,   William    H.   773 

McLaughlin.  Very  Rev.  Edward  J.  __  600 

McLaughlin.  Rev.  P.  V. 601 

McMahon.  Charles  E.   758 

McMillin.   John    W.    1094 

M 

.MacMiller,   George 1044 

MacguiJ;^^    Willi.-ini    s.S2 

Madden.   Malchi   Kane   890 

Magnussen.    Christ    453 

Manion.  Patrick  H. 449 

.Manning,   Dennis  C.   1135 

:\Iartin.  Hobart  E.  839 

Marx.    Joseph    1107 

.Mason,    Martin    734 

Mason.  Peter 735 

Matson.   Eric  C.   842 

Matthiesen,  Emil  C.   1118 

.Matzen,  Frank  J. 837. 

.M.itztMi  &  II:iusen S:i7. 

.May.  Calvin   D. 678 

Meints.    Christ    487 

Meints.   John    736 

Melvin.  .Matthew  J. 803 

-Messer.   William   W.   757 

Meves.    William    .L .,___  928 

Meyer.    Albert    J.    479 

.Miller.  Charles  V.  1041 

.Miller.  Edwin  W. _, 1040. 

Miller.  John  W. 826 

.Miller.    Peter   J.    809 

.Mitchell.  Fred  W. . 749 

Moeszinger,    Chris. 671 

Morris,  George 786 

Mudge.  Myron  C. - 979 

Mueller.   Fred   1003 

Mueller.   Fred    J.    ..—  951 


BIOGRAPHICAL  IHDEX. 


Mueller,  Henry  S. e22 

Mulvihill.     Kdward    511 

Murphy,    Patrick    1036 

Murray.   Rev.   J.   A 864 

N 

Naeve,  Nicholas.  Jr. 769 

Nelson,  Rev.  .James  J. 451 

Newbern,  Lester  F. 538 

Newniarch,    William    .__  910 

Nissen,  Nis 764 

O 

Obert,  Casin  B. 1070 

O'Connor,  Thomas  C. 1082 

O'Dowd.    Rev.    Peter 1080 

Ogden,   James    J.    1066 

Olson,    Edwin    567 

Olson,  Eli 565 

Olson,  Nils  O. 494 

Owens,  Peter  J.   806 

P 

Parker,    Celinda    587 

Pascal,  Aylett  L. 478 

Pascal,  Descartes  L. 986 

Peckhara,  F.  E. 878 

Pelham,   Cornelius    H.    915 

Penningroth,    Henry    703 

Perin,   Noble    465 

Peters,  Henry  C.  967 

Petersen,  Cornelius ^_-  929 

Petersen,   Hans    H.    1090 

Petersen,    Nils    486 

Petersen,    Peter   N.    763 

Peterson.    James    851 

Phelps.  George  B.   534 

Phillips.   Dewitt  H.   1106 

Phillips,    William    1106 

Pingel,    Herbert    524 

Pingel.  Otto   D. 523 

Porth,  Charles  J. 647 

Porth,    Henry    644 

Porth,  Yengle  A.   533 

Poston,  William  H. 814 

Potter,  J.  Ward   789 

Purcell,   John   E.   768 

R 

R:ind.    Ri.hert    N.    570 

Rand,  Robert  W.  569 


Rand.    Samuel    569 

Rand,  William  A. 569 

Rands,  The  Four 568 

Ranson,    Edward    637 

Rathie,   William    1058 

Rathje.  John   H.  W.   618 

Record,  Aaron  P. 965 

Redden,    William    759 

Reihman,   J.   W.   474 

Reimers,    Fred    887 

Rice.   William   S.    805 

Riggs,   Andrew    J.    897 

Riggs,    John.    Jr.    897 

Riordan,  Rev.  D. 471 

Ritter,  Theodore  C.   900 

Rixon,  Fred 753 

l{(>ck,   F.  H. 688 

Rock,  J.  F. 495 

Roehling,    William    515 

Roennfeldt,   Claus   D.   962 

Roennfeldt,   Hans   D.    962 

Roennfeldt.  Otto  B. 961 

Rogers,    William    517 

Rohwedder.    Henry    560 

Roscoe,  Charles  E.   1048 

Rosland,  Gunder  J. 493 

Ruggeberg,   Lewis   1047 

Russell,  Amherst   W.    1064 

Russell,  Friend  E. 1065 

Russell,   Gideon   A.    800 

Russell.   William   E.    691 

Rutenbeck,  Edward 514 

S 

Sackrider.  George  W. 1004 

Sadoris.  Charles  L. 555 

Savage.   Rollin   H.   811 

Schepers,  August 1120 

Schei)ers,    Herman    1069 

Schmidt,  Ch.irlcs  F. r»H!> 

Schmidt,  Claus  H. 1104 

Schmitt.    Louis    E.    666 

Schoening.  Frederick  1010 

Schoening.    Henry    .1010 

Schoenthaler.   Charles   1127 

Schoenthaler,  John  E. 971 

Schroecler.  Benjamin  H. 1(»74 

Schroeder.    Chris    956 

Schroeder,   Jacob  906 

Schroeder,  Peter  F. 1102 


BrOGRAPHICAL INDEX. 


Schunter.  C.  J. ^^2 

Scott.    Samuel    C.    583 

Scott.  William  W. 505 

Seaman,    Halleck   W.    1092 

Shaw.   Fred   B.   8.58 

Shoecraft.  Simon  740 

Siegniund.  William  F. 57G 

Siemsen.  Rudolph  F.   903 

Simon,    .lohn    W.    906 

Simpson,  Andrew 564 

Slapnicka.  Frank 913 

Smith.  George  A. 698 

Smith,  George  C. — 689 

Smith,   George   :\I.   603 

Smith,  John  W. "795 

Soenksen,   Christ   660 

Soenksen.    :\Iartin    C.    752 

Spain.    Cornelius    990 

Spain.  Michael  J. 989 

Spence,  James   H.   772 

Steiner,  Joseph  G. 631 

Stephenson,  George  W. 558 

Stires,  Charles   1053 

Stockwell,  Ira 1140 

Stoffregen.    Henry   . 554 

Stone,  Augustus  L. 729 

Strove,  John    578 

Struve,  William   1019 

Stuedemann.  Albert  H.   __1038 

Suiulfrlin.   Floyd  L. SSn 

T 

Temple,  Gilbert  L.    988 

Tlie  Four  Kjimls  _._! uO"^ 

Thiel,    Michael    760 

Thompson,  Daniel   —  919 

Thusen,  Mathias  M.   "755 

Thtisen,    Peter   M.    755 

Toenningsen,   Henry   J.   579 

Towl«>,  I'iiiiK'Ms  S. 87;") 

Traver,  William  R. 894 

Tritschler.  Louis  P. 528 

Turner,   John   H.    -.1  '668 

Turner,   Merritt   G.   __J 563 

Tyler.  Henry  F.  592 

Tyler.  William   A.   _'J_:J— 952 

V 

Van    Kpps.   Aldon    J.    -__:Il_'____'Jl__1054 


Vetter,  August  F. 541 

Voss,  Henry  C. 982 

W 

Wadleigh.  Erastus  A. 512 

Wadleigh,  LeRoi  B. 606 

Walsh    Bros.    1131 

Walsh.   Edmund  C. _— 1132 

Walsh.   Mark  A. L 1134 

Walsh,  James    W.    1134 

Walsh.  Charles  H. 1134 

Walsh,  Alfred  E.   1134 

Walsh,  Eugene  J. 1134 

Warning,   Henry   808,  840 

Watkins,  John  B. 1034 

Waugh,    Birt    926 

Wendel,   Adolph    535 

Wendel.   .John   G.   503 

Weston,   John   C.    482 

White.  William 850 

Wilke,  Fred  C.   859 

Wilke,  William  A.  827 

Willet.    Charles   H.    596 

Willet.  :\Irs.  Flora 594 

Williams.  John  ^^1___  902 

Wilson,  George  E. 550 

Wilson.  George  E.   . 886 

Wilson.    John    L.    833 

Wilson,  William  L.  599 

Wirth.  Alexander  J.  1002 

Wirth.    John    1001 

Witte,  Frank   659 

Witte,   Fred   665 

Wolfe.  James  B. 628 

Wolfe.   Jerry   843 

Wolfe,  Patrick  B. 912 

Work.  Alexander   562 

Work,    Nis    P. 607 

Wulf.    J.    C.    1143 

Wulf.  Nicholas  F. 872 

Wurmke.    Diedrich    1025 

Wurmke.   Herman   F.   1024 

Y 

Young,   Edward    E. ._!  893 

Young.  Joseph  C. 888 

Young.   William    E.   x 662 

Young,   William    J. .__^__,  48^, 


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AUGUSTUS  L.   STONE. 

In  the  book  entitled  ''Prominent  Men  of  the  Great  West,"  pubHshed  in 
Chicago  in  1894.  is  found  the  following  biographical  history  of  Augustus  L. 
Stone,  the  subject  of  this  article.  It  was  written  by  L.  J.  Gage,  at  that  time 
president  of  the  First  National  Bank  of  Chicago  and  afterwards  secretary  of 
the  United  States  treasury  under  Presidi^nt  McKinley.  The  acquaintance  of 
the  two  mentioned  parties  was  formed  in  Rome.  New  York,  while  A.  L.  Stone 
was  attending  the  academy  there.  ■  ... 

"Augustus  Lisbon  Stone,  son  of  Aaron  and  Amanda  (Parsons)  Stone, 
was  born  in  Camden,  New  York,  June  8,  1836.  On  the  paternal  side  his 
ancestors  came  from  London.  England,  in  1635,  and  settled  at  what  is  now 
Cambridge,  Massachusetts,  near  Boston.  The  locality  is  yet  known  as  the 
Stone  farm.  The  David  Stone  of  that  family  who  shouldered  his  musket 
and-  marched  to  Lexington  on  that  19th  day  of  April,  1775,  to  repel  the 
British  troops,  and  fight  the  first  battle  of  the  American  Revolution,  was  a 
direct  ancestor  of  our  Augustus  Lisbon  Stone.  .    .         .     . 

"His  mother's  family,  the  Parsons,  came  from  Oxfordshire,  England, 
with  \\'illiam  P\^nchon  in  1631,  and  with  him  founded  the  first  colony  at 
Springfield.  Massachusetts.  The  motto,  'Hand  Unquam  Cedo,'  inscribed 
upon  the  scroll  of  the  Parsons  coat  of  arms,  which  was  l)estowed  by  Charles 
I,  indicates  a  family  characteristic  which  was  displayed  in  the  New  England 

descendants  through  successive  generations.  •  

-  ■  "The  Stone  family,  including  Aaron  Stone  and  his  wife,  moved  from 
New  England  to  the  new  settlement  at-McConnellsville,  New  York.  Avhich  was 
so  named  by  Isaac  Stone,  its  first  postmaster,  and  grandfather  of  the  subject 
of  this. sketch.  The  family  afterwards  moved  to  Camden,  five  miles  farther 
on.  which  was  a  more  promising  locality.     Aaron  and  Amanda  Stone  had' 


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three  children,  of  whom  Josiah  Parsons  Stone  and  Augustus  Lisbon   Stone 

siirvivetl. 

••The  two  boys  attended  the  village  schools  and  worked  hard  to  help  their 
parents,  and  their  parents  strained  every  energy  to  give  both  their  sons  a 
good  education.  The  village  printing  office,  which  issued  a  weekly  paper, 
attracted  the  boys,  and  there  they  worked  at  odd  hours,  earning  pocket  money 
and  addling  much  to  their  early  education  by  their  association  with  journalistic 
work. 

••The  (»ldest  son.  Josiah  P.  Stone,  worked  his  way  through  college  and 
was  admitted  to  practice  law.  which  he  did  until  the  commencement  of  the 
war.  when  his  patriotism  impelled  him  to  enter  into  the  struggle.  He  raised 
a  companv  of  volunteers,  went  into  service  as  captain,  and  fought  wMth  great 
gallantry  until  killed  in  the  memorable  siege  of  Petersburg.  Virginia,  in  1864. 

"Augustus  Lisbon  Stone  followed  somewhat  in  the  same  line,  working 
and  attending  school,  finally  at  the  academy  in  Rome.  New  York.  While 
in  his  academic  course,  he  was  called  home  at  seventeen  years  of  age  to  help 
his  father,  whom  President  Pierce  had  appointed  postinaster.  Here  for  eight 
years  he  labored  in  the  store  and  postoflfice  combined,  and  for  the  first  time 
in  the  history  of  his  own  family  the  accumulation  of  property  began.  During 
these  and  after  years  he  studied,  sometimes  employing  tutors,  but  generally 
unaided.  He  has  substantially  educated  himself,  well  and  liberally.  His 
Iibrar\-,  which  is  exceptionally  large,  is  of  decided  merit  in  educational  lines. 
In  1864  he  wedded  Kittie  Angell.  of  Pulaski.  New  York,  w-ho  is  a  lineal 
descendant  of  Roger  Williams  and  of  Gen.  Nathaniel  Greene.  The  family  of 
Hempstead,  of  Hempstead,  Long  Island,  is  her  ancestral  origin.  Four  chil- 
dren were  born  to  them,  two  of  whom  survive.  Martha  Anna  and  Ruby  Eliza- 
l)eth.  Kittie  I'arsons  having  died  in  infancy  and  Katie  Angell  at  the  age  of 
seven  years. 

"In  1870  Mr.  Stone  founded,  with  his  cousin.  A.  G.  Smith,  the  banking 
house  of  Stone  &  Smith  in  Clinton.  Iowa.  A  singleness  of  purpose,  a  desire 
to  make  the  bank  a  thoroughly  relial)le  and  substantial  institution,  impelled 
him  at  every  solicitation  to  decline  j)lace  in  public  and  political  life,  believing 
his  bank  should  l>c  distinctive  and  separate  from  associated  individuality  in 
its  officers.  Notwithstantling  his  rule,  occasions  have  demanded,  and  he  has 
accepted,  places  of  trust.  He  accepted  the  office  of  mayor  of  the  municipality 
where  he  lives,  having  a  unanimous  vote.  In  educational  affairs  he  has  been 
honored  by  election  several  times  to  the  director^-,  without  opposition.  He 
has  been  vestryman  for  many  years  in  the  Episcopal  church.     In  various  cor- 


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porations  he  has  place  in  l)oards  of  directors.  The  Stone  &  Smith  Bank  re- 
solved into  the  City  National  luink  in  1880,  and  is  the  largest  in  business  and 
strength  in  the  section  where  located.  He  has  been  its  president  since  its 
organization. 

"Mr.  Stone  is  a  good  representative  of  the  class  of  men  who  have  re- 
deemed what  was  but  a  short  time  back  a  vast  wilderness,  and  turned  it  into 
fair  cities  and  fertile  farms.  The  distinguishing  traits  of  his  ancestors  early 
showed  themselves  in  his  character.  His  undaunted  determination  to  obtain 
an  education,  even  under  the  most  adverse  circumstances,  being  the  same 
spirit  that  enabled  the  early  Pilgrims  to  conquer  the  stubborn  rocks  and  hills 
of  New  England.  This  has  been  characteristic  of  the  man  (hiring  his  entire 
life.  Careful,  energetic,  and  a  capable  business  man.  he  enters  into  an  enter- 
prise only  after  mature  deliberation,  but  once  he  has  undertaken  to  accom- 
plish an  object,  he  pushes  steadily  on,  overcoming  all  obstacles  until  his  work 
is  crowned  with  success.  Throughout  Iowa  he  is  known  and  respected,  while 
his  reputation  as  a  careful  and  capable  financier  reaches  far  beyond  the 
boundaries  of  his  home  state.  To  him  and  to  others  of  similar  character  the 
West  owes  much  of  her  present  greatness  and  prosperity.     L.  J.  G." 

The  above  biography  stops  at  1894.  Of  the  two  surviving  children, 
Martha  Anna  married  F.  B.  Burbank  and  moved  to  Sioux  City,  where  she 
died.  Ruby  Elizabeth  married  Roscoe  W.  Armstrong  and  lives  in  Ringwood 
(Clinton)  ;  one  child  has  been  born  to  them  and  is  named  Roscoe  Whalen 
Armstrong.  Jr..  and  is  nearly  one  year  old  now  (December  i,  1910). 

Mr.  Stone  retired  from  the  banking  business  in  190T  and  is  now  president 
of  the  Stone-Cook  Lumber  Company  in  Clinton  and  Low  Moor.  Iowa,  of 
which  Robert  Hall,  of  Low  Moor,  is  vice-president  and  J.  B.  Smoller,  of 
Clinton,  is  secretary.  The  Park  Falls  (Wisconsin)  Cedar  Company  is  com- 
posed of  F.  P.  Stone,  Wausau.  president,  A.  L.  Stone,  vice-president,  and 
S.  H.  Cook,  secretarv  and  manas:er. 


CHANCY  LAMB. 


One  of  the  most  significant  memorials  that  any  man  can  have,  is  the 
memory,  by  those  who  know  him,  of  courtesy,  thoughtfulness  for  others  and 
kindness  shown  in  everv-dav  life  to  those  with  whom  he  came  in  contact. 


-._.  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Such  a  iiicnK.rial  has  Chancy  Lamb,  of  Chnton.  Iowa,  who  died  July  12. 
1897.  at  the  ripe  age  of  eighty-one  years,  after  a  lifetime  of  unusual  useful- 
ness and  after  having  achieved  niaterial  success  as  well  as  being  crowned  with 
the  blessings  that  a  life  such  as  his  so  richly  deserves. 

Mr.  Lamb  was  a  descendant  of  Thomas  Lamb,  who  came  from  England 
with  (ic)vernor  Winthrop's  fleet  in  1630  and  settled  at  Roxbury.  Massachusetts. 
Chancv  Lamb  was  horn  January  4.  1816.  at  Ticonderoga,  Essex  county.  New 
York,  and  there  spent  his'  early  years.     When  still  a  mere  lad.  he  performed 
the  duties  of  a  man  for  several  years,  working  on  his  father's  farm.     He  at- 
tended school  a  few  weeks  during  the  winter,  which  was  about  the  only  oppor- 
tunitv  he  hid  for  acquiring  a  hmited  education.     Later  he  worked  for  two 
vears   in   a   sawmill   on   Lake   George,   near   Ticonderoga.   at   a   place   called 
Hague.     The  mill  was  owned  by  the  Balcom  family.      In  1836  the  young  man 
went  to  Benton.  Yates  county.  New  York,  where  he  learned  the  trade  of  a 
millwright.     The  next  three  years  were  spent  working  in  a  sawmill  at  Brad- 
ford. Steuben  county.  Xew  ^'ork.     His  experience  as  a  millwright  and  sawyer 
fitted  him  to  take  charge  of  the  construction  of  a  sawmill  on  the  outlet  of  Lake 
Keuka.  near  Penn  Yan.  Xew  York,  for  R.  L.  Chapman,  in  the  summer  of 
1841.     I'pon  the  completion  of  the  mill  the  following  year.  Mr.  Lamb  oper- 
ated it  imder  contract  for  the  owner.     In  November,   1842.  he  returned  to 
Brr^dford.  where  he  took  a  contract  to  run  a  sawmill  for  Cameron.  Thurman 
&  Company,  and  continued  with  this  firm  in  the  capacity  of  superintendent 
until  the  summer  of  1844.  when  he  moved  to  Carroll  county.  Illinois.     Mr. 
Lamb-  was  one  of  several  men  of  family  who  migrated  to  this  western  terri- 
tr>ry  and  located  in  what  is  yet  known  as  the  Bailey  settlement.  Argo.  about 
ten  miles  from  Savannah  and  eighteen  liiiles  from  Clinton.  Iowa.     He  spent 
about  six  years  in  farming  and  stock  raising  in  the  growing  settlement.      In 
those  days  wheat  was  hauled  in  wagons  to  Chicago  and  supplies  were  obtained 
from  that  young  metropolis. 

But  farm  life  was  not  to  the  liking  of  Mr.  Lamb,  and  he  saw  more  op- 
portunities in  the  lumber  business.  So,  in  185 1.  he  left  the  Bailey  settle- 
ment and  went  to  W'illiamsport.  Pennsylvania,  where  he  became  superin- 
tendent of  the  mill  ()|)erations  of  J.  C.  Cameron  &  Company,  and  in  the  fol- 
lf)wing  year  operated  the  mills  of  the  company  in  Chemung  county.  X^ew  York, 
sawing  by  the  thousand.  He  spent  three  and  one-half  years  in  charge  of  the 
Rig  Flats  mill,  and  at  the  expiration  of  that  period  he  went  to  Canada  with  a 
man  named  Curtis,  with  whom  he  entered  into  partnership,  the  firm  building 
a  mill  at  Barrie.  near  Toronto.     At  the  end  of  a  vear  and  a  half  Mr.  Lamb" 


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sold  out  to  his  partner  and  returned  to  the  west,  and  for  a  few  months  was  a 
resident  of  FuUon,  Illinois. 

Mr.  Lamb  had  spent  the  better  part  of  his  life  up  to  this  time  in  saw- 
milling,  and  he  chose  this  as  his  vocation.  Tie  seized  an  opportunity  to 
buv  a  small  lumber  yard  and  sawmill  at  Clinton,  Iowa,  operated  by  Gray  & 
Lunt.  Upon  coming-  into  possession  of  the  property  Mr.  Lamb  rebuilt  the 
mill,  which  was  the  first  modern  plant  in  Clinton  and  was  located  at  the  point 
where  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  railway  crosses  the  Mississippi  river. 
This  mill  was  burned  October  6.  1857,  and  the  owner  proceeded  to  replace  it 
w  itii  a  more  complete  plant  about  two  blocks  south  of  the  original  site.  The 
new  mill  had  as  its  equipment  two  gangs,  a  mulay  and  circular,  and  a  shingle 
and  lath  mill,  and  was  one  of  the  best  ecjuipped  on  the  Mississippi  river.  Mr. 
Lamb  conducted  the  business  under  his  own  name  until  1864.  when  he  took 
his  oldest  son,  Artemus,  into  partnership,  the  firm  name  being  changed  to  C. 
Lamb  &  Son.  In  ^larch.  1868,  the  foundation  of  a  stone  sawmill  was  laid, 
and  this  mill  began  operation  in  September  of  the  same  year. 

C.  Lamb  &  Son  bought  an  interest  in  the  Cobb  mill  property  at  River- 
side, a  surburb  of  Clinton,  in  the  winter  of  1868  and  organized  a  firm  styled 
Lamb,  Byng  &  Company,  composed  of  themselves,  S.  B.  Gardiner.  S.  W. 
Gardiner  and  John  Byng.  Four  years  later  this  firm  secured  the  sawmill  of 
Wheeler  &  Warner,  which  was  located  a  short  distance  below  the  Cobb  mill 
in  Clinton.  The  Lamb  concern  became  known  as  C.  Lamb  &  Sons  in  1874, 
by  Lafayette  Lamb,  a  son  of  Chancy  Lamb,  being  taken  in  as  a  partner.  In 
the  spring  of  1877  C.  Lamb  &  Sons  took  over  the  interests  of  S.  B.  and  S.  W. 
Gardiner  and  John  Byng  in  Lamb,  Byng  &  Company,  and  in  January,  1878, 
C.  Lamb  &  Sons  was  incorporated,  with  Chancy  Lamb,  president.  Lafayette 
Lamb,  vice-president,  and  Artemus  Lamb,  secretary  and  treasurer. 

Mr.  Lamb  is  believed  to  have  been  the  first  manufacturer  to  employ  the 
band  mill  in  sawing  white  pine.  In  1883.  having  heard  band  mills  were  in 
use  in  Indiana  and  Tennessee  for  sawing  hardwood  veneering  and  making 
poplar  lumber,  he  investigated  and  then  purchased  a  London,  Berry  &  Orton 
sawmill  which  took  the  place  of  a  circular  in  one  of  the  four  Clinton  mills. 
The  innovation  was  a  success,  and  later  another  mill  was  equipped  with  a 
band  saw. 

The  mechanical  instinct  was  largely  developed  in  Mr.  Lamb,  and  he  was 
the  inventor  of  several  appliances  which  are  in  general  use  today.  One  of 
these  inventions  was  an  edger  with  movable  saws  by  which  the  width  of 
boards  being  sawed  could  be  changed  while  the  mill  was  in   full  operation. 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 


lie  alx)  invented  a  trimmer  for  the  trimming  of  hoards  to  any  length,  and  it  is 
a  matter  of  local  history  that  he  used  a  hull  chain,  or  endless  chain,  in  hauhng 
lot's  out  of  the  river  hefore  this  device  was  heard  of  hy  anyone  else  in  that 
locality.  lie  designed,  for  one  of  the  Lamh  mills,  a  friction  log  turner,  and 
after  it  had  heen  in  successful  use  for  a  long  time  Mr.  Lamh  learned  that  the 
patent  office  had  termed  it  a  '•nigger"  and  had  deemed  the  invention  of  such 
importance  as  to  invest  it  with  letters  patent.  The  Lambs  were  the  first  to 
depart  from  the  crude  methods  of  towing  logs  and  to  operate  a  fleet  of 
steamers. 

When  the  company  sawed  its  last  log  at  Clinton.  October  26,  1904,  Mr. 
Lamb  and  his  sons  during  the  life  of  the  operations  had  manufactured  and 
|)ut  upon  the  market  more  than  three  billion  feet  of  white  pine  lumber,  not 
including  the  production  of  shingles,  lath  and  pickets. 

Mr.  Laml)  married  Jane  Bevier  at  Bradford,  New  York,  November  16, 
1839.  She  was  the  daughter  of  David  Bevier,  who  had  served  as  an  adjutant 
of  the  Third  Ulster  County  (New  York)  Regiment  in  the  Revolutionary  war. 
She  was  a  faithful  partner  of  her  husband  for  fifty-eight  years,  during  which 
time  two  sons,  Artemus  and  Lafayette,  and  four  daughters,  Augusta,  Celeste, 
Merrette  and  Emma  E.,  were  born.  Three  of  these  children  are  living. 
Lafayette  Lamb,  Mrs.  Augusta  A\'are  and  Mrs.  Emma  E.  Young.  Mrs. 
Lamb  died  March  5.  1897.  In  her  death  the  poor  lost  a  sympathetic  friend 
who  never  turned  a  deaf  ear  to  their  appeals. 

Mr.  Lamb  was  a  member  of  no  social  organization,  except  the  Benevolent 
and  I'njtective  Order  of  Elks.  He  was  Whig  in  his  early  life,  and  in  1840 
cast  his  first  vote  for  Harrison,  later  in  life  becoming  a  Republican.  He 
attended  the  Presbyterian  church  ami  gave  liberally  to  its  support  and  to 
charities,  and  he  did  much  for  the  general  upbuilding  of  his  community  and 
was  held  in  high  esteem  by  all  classes  owing  to  his  exemplary  life. 


MARTIN  MASON. 


One  of  the  successful  and  thrifty  farmers  of  western  Clinton  count v  is 
Martin  Mason,  who  is  a  worthy  son  of  a  worthy  sire,  representing  a  .sterling 
old  Nrjrweigan  family,  long  promintnit  and  influential  in  the  affairs  of  this 
locality.     Owing  to  the  fact  that  his  father  was  a  man  of  such  industrv  and 


MR.   AND  MRS.  PETER  MASON 


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integritv.  the  niajor  ])ait  of  this  skctcli  will  be  devoted  to  his  career,  which  has 
now  been  cli)scd  In  the  hand  nt  death. 

Martin  Mason  was  b(jrn  in  Clinton  county  November  24,  1874.  and  is 
the  son  of  Peter  and  Serena  (Severson)  Mason.  The  father  was  born  in 
March,  1S44,  in  Xorwav.  and  was  the  son  of  Madson  and  Madila  (Peterson) 
Madson,  both  born  in  .Xorwav.  from  which  country  they  came  to  America 
in  1871,  direct  to  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  locating-  in  Olive  township,  two  miles 
west  of  Calamus,  where  the  father  lived  until  his  death,  after  which  event 
his  widow  moved  to  Hamilton  county.  Towa.  where  her  death  occurred. 

Peter  Mason  was  educated  in  Norway  and  grew  to  maturity  there.  He 
came  to  America  in  i86()  and  located  at  Lisbon.  Illinois,  working  on  a  railroad 
there,  then  foll'owed  threshing  and  later  farming,  and  al)out  iS^S  he  came  to 
Olive  township.  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  took  up  farming.  He  was  a 
good  manager  and  a  hard  worker  and  accumulated  a  handsome  competence, 
becoming  the  owner  of  a  fine  fami  of  two  hundred  and  forty  acres,  on  which 
he  placed  excellent  improvements  and  had  a  substantial  and  attractive  home. 
He  was  unaided  in  his  life  work  and  always  relied  upon  himself.  He  became 
well  known  throughout  the  western  part  of  Clinton  county  and  was  highly 
respected  and  induential. 

Peter  Alason  married,  in  1872,  Serena  Severson.  who  was  born  in  Nor- 
wav  and  who  came  to  America  in  1866  and  located  in  Clinton  county.  Iowa, 
ha\'ing  been  accompanied  by  her  sister.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Peter  Mason  the 
following  children  were  born:  Martin,  Albert  S..  Eli  J..  H.  M..  Lars  J. 
(deceased).  Peter.  Jr.,  and  Ida  Inger  (deceased). 

Martin  Mason  was  educated  in  the  home  schools  and  while  a  young  man 
weTit  to  the  far  West,  spending  five  and  one-half  years  in  Oregon,  working  on 
a  farm  in  that  state.  Returning  to  Iowa,  he  worked  on  a  farm  in  Webster 
count V  three  years.  With  these  exceptions,  he  has  li\Td  on  the  homestead 
in  Clinton  countv.  He  has  been  very  successful  in  the  management  of  this 
place,  operating  one  hundred  and  eighteen  acres,  thirty-eight  acres  being  of  the 
old  home  place.  The  rest  he  has  added  subsequently.  He  has  made  ex- 
tensive and  valuable  improvements  on  the  place,  erecting  substantial,  modern 
and  convenient  buildings,  fences,  etc.  In  1906  he  erected  the  first  cement 
farm  house  ever  built  in  the  township.  He  has  beautified  his  place  in  many 
ways.  He  carries  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising,  giving  all  his  atten- 
tion to  the  same. 

Martin  Mason  was  married  on  April  18,  1901,  to  Anna\Maria  Christian- 
sen. daughtcT  of  Peter  Christiansen  and  wife,  a  full  sketch  of  whom  appears 


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elsewhere  in  this  work.     To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Martin  Mason  these  children  have 
been  born :  Ida  Alice.  Leonard  John.  Madila  Cecilia  and  Clara  Josephine. 

The  Mason  familv  are  faithful  members  of  the  Norwegian  Lutheran 
church.  Politicallv.  Mr.  Mason  is  a  Republican,  but  neither  he  nor  his  father 
ever  cared  for  public  office. 


TOHX  MEIXTS. 


One  of  that  large  horde  of  tlirifty  citizens  from  the  loved  and  famed 
fatherland  who  have  done  such  a  commendable  work  in  developing  the  great 
resources  of  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  is  John  Meints,  a  thrifty  farmer  and  stock 
raiser  of  Orange  tow  nship,  who  has  won  an  excellent  landed  estate  and  cozy 
home,  also  a  position  of  honor  in  his  community,  because  he  has  worked  along 
proper  lines.  He  therefore  deserves  his  success,  as  will  be  seen  by  a  perusal 
of  a  brief  history  of  his  veiy  busy  career. 

Mr.  Meints  was  born  in  Cicrmany  July  3,  1862.  and  is  the  son  of  Claus 
Meints,  who  is  mentioned  at  some  length  in  the  sketch  of  Christ  Meints.  But 
it  might  be  said  here  that  he  was  always  regarded  as  an  honest,  industrious 
citizen,  who  took  much  pains  in  rearing  his  family  to  the  same  habits  and 
principles  that  had  always  actuated  his  course. 

John  Meints  was  educated  in  Germany,  where  he  grew  to  maturity  and 
being  still  young  when  he  came  to  the  L'nited  States,  he  also  attended  school 
here.  He  accompanied  his  parents  to  our  shores  in  1875  ^"^  located  south  of 
Grand  Mound.  Clinton  county.  Iowa.  He  assisted  in  developing  the  home- 
stead there,  and  he  has  always  been  a  farmer  and  a  very  successful  one,  too. 
He  started  in  life  with  but  little  capital  and  he  has  never  been  helped  over- 
much, but  he  is  now  the  owner  of  one  of  the  finest  farms  in  Orange  township, 
consisting  of  two  hundred  and  forty  acres,  which  he  has  brought  up  to  a  high 
state  of  improvement  and  has  enriched  the  fields  so  that  the  original  strength 
of  the  soil  is  retained  and  abundant  harvests  reaped  from  vear  to  vear.  In 
if)OQ  he  put  up  a  modern  dwelling,  beautifully  located  and  attractive  from  an 
architectural  viewpoint  and  equipped  with  modern  appliances.  He  carries 
on  general  farming  and  is  a  breeder  of  good  live  stock.  He  takes  an  interest 
in  local  affairs  and  is  at  present  .secretary  of  the  .school  board  in  Orange  town- 
'>hip.  having  very  ably  filled  this  position  for  the  past  twelve  vears. 

Mr.  Meints  has  been  secretarv  of  the  German  Mutual  Fire  and  Lisfhtninsf 
Insurance  Company  for  the  past  fourteen  years;  he  has  also  been  secretarv  of 
the  Farmers  Mutual  Telephotie  Company  of  this  county,  since  its  organization 


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in  1900.  and  he  has  filled  holli  tiiese  positions  in  a  manner  that  rdlects  much 
credit  upon  his  innate  ability  and  to  the  entire  satisfaction  of  all  concerned. 

Mr.  Meinls  was  married  in  1887  to  Catherine  Kuehl.  who  was  born  in 
Germany  and  who  came  to  the  Unitetl  States  when  a  child  with  her  parents 
and  located  in  Olive  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  where  she  was  reared 
and  educated  and  where  her  parents  became  well  estabhshe-d  and  the  family- 
very  favorably  known.  This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  the  followini,^ 
children:  IJulda.  Tiene.  Anna.  Catherine,  Henry,  Carl.  Selma ;  John  died  in 
infancv;  Herbert  and  l\al[)li.  Mrs.  Meints'  father,  Clans  Kuehl,  died  Janu- 
ary 13.  1908,  and  her  mother  passed  away  on  September  3,  1907,  both  being 
buried  at  the  Buena  Vista  cemetery,  this  county. 

Mr.  Meints  and  his  family  are  members  of  the  German  Lutheran  church. 
Politically,  he  is  a  Democrat,  but  votes  independently,  especially  in  local 
atTairs. 

The  first  six  years  of  his  married  life  were  spent  in  Boxbutte  county, 
Nebraska,  where  Mr.  Meints  homesteaded  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres. 
While  living  there  he  served  as  county  commissioner  and  held  various  other 
ofifices,  having  been  elected  by  the  People's  party.  Before  his  marriage  he 
traveled  extensi\ely.  and,  being  by  nature  a  keen  observer,  he  has  been  broad- 
ened in  this  manner  and  is  a  well  informed  man.  He  has  never  been  an  oflfice 
seeker  in  the  true  sense  of  the  word.  For  the  past  seventeen  years  he  has 
made  his  home  in  Orange  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa. 


JAMES  C.  BENEDICT. 

Tlie  invention  whicli  did  the  most  for  the  progress  of  the  luiman  race 
was  tlie  alphabet,  which  enai)led  people  to  record  tlieir  thoughts  and  deeds 
in  permanent  form,  the  one  which  has  been  scarcely  second  in  its  efTect  to  the 
invention  of  the  alphabet  was  that  of  the  art  of  printing,  which  enabled  those 
permanently  recorded  thoughts  to  be  many  times  duplicated  and  scattered 
about  over  the  world,  for  the  instruction  of  others.  Tlie  first  invention  made 
progress  possible ;  the  second  accelerated  the  general  purpose  of  the  masses 
of  mankind  and  saved  learning  and  science  from  the  sole  possession  of  only 
a  few  favored  few.  Mr.  licnedict  has  .spent  the  greater  portion  of  his  life 
in  the  work  of  printing,  aiding  in  a  practical  and  definite  w^ay  in  the  com- 
munication of  thought  and  the  dissemination  of  knowdedge. 

James  C.  Benedict  was  l)orn  in  Linn  county,  Iowa.  <~>n  December  12.  i8_i4. 

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738  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  son  of  Lyman  D.  and  Saiepta  (M inter)  Benedict.  His"  father  was  a 
native  of  Chenango  county,  Ohio,  his  mother  of  London,  Ohio,  where  they 
were  married  shortly  before  they  came  to  Linn  county,  Iowa,  in  1841. 
Lyman  Benedict  was  a  farmer  by  occupation,  in  pohtics,  first  a  Whig,  later 
an  Alx)litionist.  and  finally  a  Republican.  He  and  iiis  wife  were  members  of 
the  Methodist  church,  took  an  active  part,  and  were  very  much  respected  and 
esteemed.     Of  their  nine  children,  four  are  living. 

James  C.  Benedict  was  reared  on  a  Linn  county  farm,  attended  the  public 
schools  and  the  high  school  at  Alarion,  Iowa.  He  began  the  printer's  trade 
in  the  ofihce  of  the  Marion  Register,  at  Marion.  Iowa,  and  became  so  expert 
that  he  soon  was  made  foreman  of  the  shop.  In  iS^i  he  went  to  California, 
and  sj>ent  four  vears  there  working  at  his  trade,  during  which  time  he  became 
well  acquainted  with  Mark  Twain,  then  almost  unknown  to  the  world,  whom 
he  hrst  met  at  Virginia  City.  ^Ir.  Benedict  returned  from  California  by 
wav  of  the  Isthmus  of  Panama,  at  the  time  that  the  French  nation  was  pre- 
paring to  dig  the  canal.  During  his  western  stay  he  had  gained  experiences 
of  great  value  and  passed  through  many  interesting  events.  On  his  return 
he  located  at  Marengo,  Iowa,  and  there  was  the  proprietor  of  the  l^rogressiz'e 
Republican.  In  1871  he  came  to  De  Witt,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  entered  the 
Observer  office  as  foreman,  and  continued  in  that  capacity  for  thirty-seven 
years.  He  then  became  a  partner  in  the  paper  with  S.  H.  Shoemaker,  but  soon 
sold  his  interest  to  Ed.  C.  Bnnvn,  and  engaged  in  jol)  printing  at  De  Witt, 
where  he  has  since  been  in  business.  Mr.  Benedict  is  without  doubt  the  oldest 
printer  in  Iowa.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  takes  an  active  interest 
in  both  local  and  national  issues.  In  fraternal  relations  he  is  a  member  of 
the  Odd  Fellows,  the  Knights  of  Pythias,  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America, 
the  Modern  Brotherhood  of  America,  and  the  Brotherhood  of  American  Yeo- 
men, and  in  all  of  these  orders  has  filled  the  principal  oftices.  lie  is  also  a 
member  of  the  Keljekahs.  Ilis  religious  affiliations  are  with  the  Congrega- 
tional church. 

Mr.  Benedict  was  married  in  1835  to  Elizabeth  O'Mullen,  of  Marengo, 
Iowa,  by  whom  he  became  the  father  of  one  daughter,  Henrietta,  who  mar- 
ried E.  F.  Gerkin.  of  Cedar  Falls.  Iowa.  His  wife  died  in  1871  and  he  was 
married  in  1872  to  Sarah  Adam  Ro.se,  of  De  Witt,  bv  whom  he  had  two 
children,  Elizabeth  Rose,  the  wife  of  C.  G.  Morton,  of  De  Witt,  and  Ruth  M.. 
who  married  Rev.  11.  1*.  Garrett,  and  is  now  deceased. 

Mr.  Benedict  is  active  and  hearty,  advancing  age  having  laid  its  hands 
lightly  on  him.  Ik-  can  look  back  over  a  life  well  spent  and  full  of  good 
works,  has  many  friends,  and  expects  to  enjoy  many  more  years  of  life. 


CLINTON'     COLNIV.    IOWA.  739 

ADOLIMI  JAENICKE,  M.  D. 

European  medical  scliools  have  always  held  a  liigher  reputation  than  those 
of  this  country,  and  deservedly,  though  our  schools  are  increasing  in  efficiency. 
The  subject  of  this  sketch  had  the  advantage  of  the  best  German  medical 
education  and  is  thus  the  possessor  of  a  better  professional  training  than  the 
majority  of  iVmerican  physicians.  To  this  he  has  added  the  experience  gained 
in  long  years  of  practice,  and  these,  combined  with  his  native  ability,  suffi- 
ciently account  for  his  high  professional  standing.  He  has  followed  carefully 
the  progress  of  modern  advances  in  this  most  useful  of  professions  and  is 
thoroughly  up-to-date  in  his  knowledge  of  medical  science.  And,  full\-  recog- 
nizing the  value  of  his  German  training,  he  has  caused  his  son  to  receive  a 
similar  course  in  a  prominent  German  medical  school,  thus  giving  him  every 
advantage  at  the  beginning  of  his  career. 

Adolph  Jaenicke  was  born  in  East  Prussia,  Germany,  Eebruary  13,  1854, 
son  of  August  and  Lina  Jaenicke.  His  parents  are  natives  of  Prussia,  and  his 
father  died  there  about  1898.  His  mother  is  still'  living.  August  Jaenicke 
was  in  the  employ  of  the  German  government,  and  held  a  responsible  position 
for  many  years.  He  was  the  father  of  three  children,  of  whom  two  are 
living. 

Adolph  Jaenicke  was  educated  at  Koenigsburg,  in  the  University  of 
Wurzburg,  and  graduated  in  the  class  of  1878.  He  i)racticed  in  his  native 
country  for  four  years,  then  in  1882  came  to  America  and  located  at  Daven- 
port, Iowa,  until  1895,  when  he  came  to  Clinton,  and  has  since  practiced.  He 
has  given  his  whole  attention  to  his  practice  and  his  profession,  to  which  he 
is  much  devoted.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Iowa  State  and  Clinton  County 
Medical  Societies,  and  takes  a  prominent  part  in  all  professional  activities. 

Doctor  Jaenicke  was  married  in  Germany  to  Katharine  Hahn,  who  has 
borne  to  him  two  sons,  Kurt,  born  April  30,  1883,  and  Ralph,  born  June  15, 
1885.  Kurt  graduated  in  medicine  from  the  University  of  Iowa  in  1905, 
spent  two  years  in  Europe  as  a  student  at  Berlin,  and  is  associated  w  ith  his 
father  in  practice.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Iowa  State  and  Clinton  County 
Medical  Associations,  of  which  latter  he  is  the  president.  Ralph  is  a  reg- 
istered pharmacist  and  lives  in  Davenport.  He  married  Mina  Miller,  of 
Burlington,  Iowa. 

Doctor  Jaenicke  is  a  physician  of  the  highest  standing  and  reputation  and 
is  also  personally  one  of  the  l^est  liked  men  in  liis  community.  Able  and  in- 
telligent, devoted  to  his  profession,  he  has  been  ^\•e]l  rewarded  tor  tlie  time 
spent  in  its  pursuit. 


j^O  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

SLMOX  SliOECRAFT. 

The  biographer  is  always  glad  when  it  falls  to  his  lot  to  review  the  life 
of  a  man  whose  history  is  at  once  as  interesting  and  instructive  as  that  of  the 
one  whose  name  heads  this  article,  a  business  man  who  has  won  success  by 
strict  integrity  and  who  has  applied  in  his  daily  hfe  the  principles  of  the 
Christian  religion.  He  has  had  a  life  of  varied  experience  and  has  seen  his 
share  of  hardships,  but  has  overcome  them  and  has  brought  to  the  later  years 
of  his  life  a  philosophy  of  living  which  is  not  new,  which  has  satisfied  him 
and  which  he  believes  will  satisfy  others. 

Simon  Shoecraft  was  l>orn  in  Oswego  county.  New  York,  September  22, 
1836.  the  son  of  Joseph  and  Lany  (Calkins)  Shoecraft.  His  paternal  grand- 
father was  Peter  Shoecraft,  who  hved  and  died  in  New  York,  he  and  his  wife 
dving  when  Simon  was  very  young.  They  were  Germans  who  came  very 
early  to  Herkimer  county.  New  York,  and  afterwards  removed  to  Oswego 
county. 

Joseph  Shoecraft  was  born  in  Herkimer  count)',  grew  up  on  the  farm, 
served  in  the  war  of  1812,  and  made  farming  his  lifelong  occupation.  His 
wife  was  a  native  of  the  same  county.  He  took  a  prominent  part  in  local 
politics,  but  w as  ne\er  an  office  seeker.  Of  his  sixteen  children,  nine  sons  and 
seven  daughters,  four  sons  and  one  daughter  are  surviving  in  1910;  Henry, 
living  in  New  York,  aged  eighty-five ;  Francis,  aged  about  eighty ;  William, 
about  seventy-six:  and  Simon;  Virilla,  widow  of  J.  W.  Caldwell. 

Simon  Shoecraft  was  educated  in  the  country  schools  of  New  York,  at- 
tending them  until  fourteen.  An  older  brother  had  worked  on  the  farm  until 
twenty-one,  then,  without  a  dollar  to  start,  worked  his  way  through  college. 
Returning,  he  persuaded  his  parents  to  allow  Simon  to  attend  school'  at  Oneida, 
where  he  prepared  for  Cazeno\  ia  Seminary,  from  which  he  graduated  in 
1858,  and  then  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa.  He  taught  school  one  year  at  De 
Witt,  then  attended  Cornell  College  at  Mount  Vernon.  Iowa,  and  graduated 
there  in  1862.  While  there  he  sawed  wood  to  pay  his  tuition,  and  in  sum- 
mer worked  in  the  liarve.st  fields  and  wherever  he  could  find  something  to  do. 
At  commencement  in  1862,  W.  H.  Lunt,  of  Clinton,  who  was  president  of  the 
school  board  of  that  city,  was  looking  for  a  teacher,  and  the  president  of 
Cornell  recommended  Mr.  Shoecraft.  and  so  he  was  hired  to  teach  here  and 
continued  until  April.  1866.  when  he  entered  the  fuel  business.  Beginning 
in  a  small  way.  Mr.  Hosford  furnished  the  money  and  Mr.  Shoecraft  ran  the 
business.  Two  years  later  he  to(ik  uji  the  business  alone,  and  until  his  son 
grew  up  continued  thus,      lie  h;is  been   in  continuous  business  longer  than 


CLINTON    COUNTV,    IOWA.  74I 

any  other  in  this  part  of  the  county  and  has  been  on  the  avenue  long  enough 
to  see  every  house  put  up.  His  l)usiness  now  is  \ery  extensive.  In  pohtics 
he  is  a  RepubHcan,  with  independent  tendencies.  He  is  a  member  of  no 
fraternities  or  ckibs,  and  finds  his  enjoyment  in  his  home  and  family. 

Mr.  Shoecraft  was  married  in  1865  to  Jutie  C.  Mcintosh,  daughter  of 
L.  W.  and  Eunice  Carter  Mcintosh,  who  had  come  to  Vernon,  New  York, 
from  Connecticut,  where  Jutie  was  born.  They  are  the  parents  of  two  chil- 
dren, Lucius  M..  in  l)usiness  with  his  father,  and  Letitia,  who  lives  at  home. 

Mr.  Shoecraft  is  very  cheerful  and  a  pleasant  man  to  meet.  He  owns, 
besides  his  business,  a  thousand-acre  stock  farm  in  Jackson  county,  and  lives  in 
a  fine  residence  at  Xo.  539  Fifth  avenue.  He  and  his  wife  are  members  of 
the  Methodist  church,  and  he  is  a  firm  believer  in  the  religion  of  the  Bible,  and 
believes  that  if  a  young  man  will  but  have  faith  in  God  he  cannot  fail  to  suc- 
ceed. His  own  faith  has  jjeen  justified  and  he  has  observed  many  others  who 
have  found  it  thus. 


EUGENE  HANSSEN. 


Nothing  is  more  marked  than  the  change  which  has  taken  place  in  the 
farmer's  situation  in  the  last  few  years.  At  a  time  not  more  than  twenty 
years  distant,  he  seemed  to  be  the  most  unfortunate  of  men  and  to  have  ever}- 
man's  hand  against  him.  But  what  a  change  today.  Now  he  is  in  a  position 
of  command.  Circumstances  have  so  altered  that  he  is  no  longer  at  the 
mercy  of  the  traders  and  transporters.  l)ut  is  holding  the  reins  himself,  is 
receiving  high  prices  for  his  produce,  and  is  becoming  envied  by  the  city 
dwellers  because  of  his  prosperity.  Twenty  years  ago  the  lianks  were  loaning 
city  money  to  farmers  on  mortgages;  now  the  banks  are  loaning  farmers' 
money  to  city  men  on  mortgages. 

Eugene  Hanssen  was  born  in  Deep  Creek  township.  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  December  21.  1858,  a  son  of  Otto  and  I'redericka  (  Asniussen)  Hans- 
sen,  both  natives  of  Germany,  he  born  in  18J5  and  she  in  T83J.  On  July 
4.  1854,  thev  landed  in  New  \'ork  City,  after  an  ocean  passage  of  eleven 
weeks,  and  located  finally  in  Iowa,  near  Sabula,  Jackson  county,  on  a  farm. 
Two  vears  later  they  l)ought  the  farm  on  wliich  Eugene  was  born,  and  in 
1901  moved  to  Bryant,  Iowa,  where  Otto  Hanssen  died  in  April,  1905,  and 
where  his  widow  still  lives.  They  are  the  parents  of  fifteen  children,  of  whom 
ten  are  living.  He  was  a  Repu1)lican  in  ])olitirs  in  earlier  life,  1)ut  after- 
ward became  a  Democrat.     He  and  his  familv  were  nu'inl)ers  of  the  Lutheran 


742  •  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

church.  He  was  elected  assessor  of  Deep  Creek  township  for  many  terms, 
and  was  also  trustee  for  some  time.  The  peii])le  n\  that  township  had  great 
confidence  in  liini  and  respected  him  hi^hlx'. 

Eugene  Hanssen  was  reared  on  a  tarm  and  e(hicaled  in  the  pubHc 
schools  of  his  townshi]).  lie  farmed  f<n'  man\-  years  and  owned  one  hundred 
sixtv  acres  of  land,  wluih  he  sold  and  came  to  l)c  W  itt.  in  September,  1908, 
and  from  that  time  on  has  gi\cn  his  entire  attention  to  the  buying  and  selling 
of  horses  and  cattle,  in  which  business  he  was  formerly  engaged  in  connection 
with  his  farming,  lie  also  was  engaged  in  stock  feeding  while  on  the  farm, 
lie  is  one  of  the  stockholders  and  directors  of  the  Iowa  State  IJank  at  Lyons, 
Iowa.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat  and  was  elected  township  clerk  and  later 
tax  collector  of  Center  townshi]).  b^raternallw  he  is  a  member  of  the  Odd 
l^^llows  and  of  the  Mt)dern  Woodmen,  lie  and  his  wife  are  members  of 
the  Ltitheran  church. 

Mr.  Hanssen  was  married  on  l-ebruar\-  25,  1885.  to  Amelia  Gradert, 
daughter  of  John  (iradert.  mentioned  elsewhere  in  this  work.  To  their  union 
have  been  born  five  children:  Walter,  dead.  Eugenia,  dead.  Irene,  Florence 
and  Clarence. 

Mr.  Hanssen  has  prospered  both  in  his  farnn'ng  and  in  stock  dealing,  and 
has  ajjplied  much  practical  business  ability  in  his  operations.  He  is  popular 
and  well  liked  among  his  neighbors,  and  has  taken  nuich  interest  in  public 
affairs. 


KELLY  BROTHERS. 


.\mong  the  important.  thri\-ing  and  enter])rising  manufacturing  establish- 
ments of  Clinton,  that  of  l\ell\  Urothers  takes  high  rank.  In  1890  the 
Kelly  hrothers.  j.  A..  W.  J..  T.  F.  and  P.  H.,  organized  the  J.  A.  Kelly  & 
Brothers  Comjjany  for  the  manufriclure  of  the  Kelly  comfort  chair,  daven- 
ports and  upholstered  furniture.  The  business  started  as  a  partnership,  at 
Second  avenue  and  Sixth  street,  and  in  i8<;j  was  incorporated  as  J.  A.  Kelly 
iK:  I'.rothers  .'ind  built  a  factory  at  I'lfteenth  street  and  Stockholm,  employing 
about  thirty-live  men.  It  now  employs  ninety  men  and  has  graduallv  in- 
creased its  territor\'  from  the  states  of  Illinois  and  Iowa  to  a  national  extent, 
nf)W  selling  all  over  the  United  States  and  doing  iconic  Inisiness  in  Cub''  and 
South  .\merica.  Of  this  company.  J.  A.  Kelly  is  president;  P.  TT.  Kellv,  vice- 
president  :  T.   !•".   Kelly,  secretary.  :in<l  W.  J.   Kelly,  treasurer. 

The    Kelly-Sorensen    Company    is   owned   and   controlled   bv    the    same 


CLINTON    COUNT V,    IOWA.  743 

people.  It  was  organized  in  1905  for  the  purpose  of  manufacturing  chamber 
furnilnre.  (h'essers,  beds,  commodes,  dining  room  furniture,  buffets,  etc.  Of 
this  company.  W  .  j.  Kelly  is  president:  j.  A.  Kelly,  vice-president,  and  P.  H. 
Kelly,  secretary  and  treasurer.  Both  these  companies  are  operated  separate- 
ly, but  employ  the  same  traveling  men.  TIk'  Kclly-Sorensen  Company  em- 
ploys almost  as  large  a  regular  force  as  the  older  company,  and  has  seventy- 
five  men  on  its  paxroUs.  P)Oth  companies  economize  by  making  a  saving 
in  cost  of  sales,  in  other  ways  than  by  employing  the  same  road  force.  They 
often  ship  half-car  loads  for  each,  thus  saxing  the  full  hire  of  a  car  for  each 
company.  The  companies  have  on  the  road  five  salaried  men  and  twenty 
working  on  commission.  The  success  of  the  firms  has  1)een  due  to  two 
things,  the  superior  quality  of  their  ])ro(lucts  and  the  careful  and  economical 
management  of  the  Kelly  brothers,  as  evidenced  in  part  by  their  combining 
largely  the  selling  and  shipping  of  the  two  companies.  They  are  also  \ery 
efficient  in  securing  and  keeping  good  salesmen.  The  two  companies  have 
had  a  steady,  consistent  growth,  which  if  continued,  as  it  bids  fair  to  be,  will 
soon  bring  their  business  to  very  large  proportions.  They  ha\e  been  among 
the  most  successful  of  the  Clinton  manufacturing  establishments. 


CECIL  VINCENT  CONNOLE,  D.  D.  S. 

It  may  be  that  mtxlern  conditions  of  living  are  responsible  for  the  gen- 
eral poor  condition  of  tlie  teeth  of  most  persons  today;  it  may  be  that  our 
ancestors  had  just  as  much  trouble  in  the  same  way,  but.  lacking  our  facilities 
for  relief  and  repair  of  those  essential  organs  of  the  body,  had  to  bear  their 
miser}-  unrelie\ed  and  took  it  as  matter  of  course.  Dentistry  is  a  compara- 
tively modern  profession  and  is  makiii'^-  ])rogress.  The  dentist  who  gradu- 
ated twenty  years  ago  finds  that  the  younger  members  of  the  profession  can 
do  things  which  were  in  his  time  believed  impossible,  and  that  teeth  which 
the  old  time  dentistr}-  ruthlessly  condemned  are  now  sa\-ed,  and  the  necessity 
for  artificial  teeth  with  which  the  earliest  dentistry  concerned  itself,  is  largely 
being  remoxed  by  repairing  the  remains  of  those  which  nature  has  gi\-en  us. 
And  while  the  profession  is  one  which  greatly  lienefits  the  race,  it  also  usually 
gives  to  the  one  who  practices  it  a  fair  monetary  reward. 

Cecil  Vincent  Connole  was  born  in  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  January  14, 
1878,  son  of  Thomas  L.  and  I'idelia  K  (W'ampler)  Connole.  Thomas  L. 
Connole  was  born  in  Jones  county.  Iowa,  January  9.  1847.  attended  the  public 


J44  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

schools  and  li;i>  hccn  in  the  grocery  l)ii>iness  for  ahoiit  thirty-five  years,  at 
which  he  has  heen  veiy  successful.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat,  and  he  and 
his  wife  and  fann'ly  arc  Latholics.  He  was  married  to  Fidelia  Wam])ler.  a 
native  of  Illinois,  daujihter  of  Peter  Wampler.  who  spent  his  last  days  in 
Illinois. 

Doctor  Connole's  paternal  grandparents  were  Thomas  and  Hannah 
(Malone)  Connole.  hoth  l)orn  in  Ireland.  In  1840  Thomas  Connole  came  to 
Dul)uc|ue.  Iowa,  and  his  wife  ahout  the  same  time.  They  were  married  in 
Boston.  Massachusetts.  They  were  the  parents  of  ten  children,  four  sons 
and  three  daughters.  Thomas  was  a  farmer  nnd  dicij  ahout  1898  and  his 
wife  in  1905.     They  were  members  of  the  Catholic  church. 

Cecil  Connole  grew  up  in  De  Witt,  attended  the  public,  high  and 
parochial  schools  there,  and  took  a  classical  course  at  St.  Mary's,  Kansas,  and 
graduated  from  the  Chicago  College  of  Dental  Surgery  in  190 1.  After  grad- 
uation he  practiced  in  Chicago  for  about  six  months,  then  came  to  De  A\'^itt 
to  practice,  and  has  had  a  ver)-  successful  practice  here.  He  is  a  member 
of  the  Iowa  State  Dental  Society  and  of  the  Chicago  Dental  Society.  In 
politics  he  is  an  independent  voter.  He  and  his  family  are  meinbers  of  the 
Catholic  church. 

Dr.  Connole  was  married  on  October  T2.  1909.  to  Dolorosa  Schneider, 
who  was  born  in  Lyons,  Iowa,  daughter  of  John  H.  and  Hannah  (Redden) 
Schneider.  Her  father  was  born  in  New-  York,  her  mother  in  Iowa,  and  they 
are  still  residents  of  Lyons.  Iowa. 

Doctor  Connole  is  a  man  w^ho.  by  the  agreeableness  of  his  nature,  has 
made  many  friends.  His  professional  success  has  been  good,  and  he  stands 
well  in  dental  circles.  He  is  progressive  and  u])-to-date  in  all  matters  and 
takes  much  interest  in  the  development  of  the  communitv. 


REV.  JOH.\N.\S  T.  HF.IE. 

.\  large  amount  of  good  has  been  accomplished  by  the  Rev.  Johanas  I. 
Heie.  who  is  both  a  .successful  expounder  of  the  gospel  of  the  Mazarene  and 
also  a  business  man  of  no  small  caliber.  He  is  a  persistent,  conscientious 
and  able  worker  in  all  the  relations  of  life  and  has  .shown  what  self-reliance, 
courage  and  right  principles  can  accomplish,  although  in  the  face  of  seeming- 
ly insurmountable  obstacles.  He  was  born  near  Rurgeu,  Xorwav.  in  t8:;i, 
and  is  the  son  of  Johanas  and  Christa   C Nelson)  Heie.  both  natives  of  Nor- 


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way,  in  which  country  they  spent  their  hves,  both  being  now  deceased.  The 
father  was  a  famier  and  his  family  consisted  of  seven  children. 

Johanas  J.  Heie  hved  on  the  home  farm  until  he  was  fifteen  years  of  age 
and  attended  the  public  schools  under  the  supervision  of  the  church.  Then 
he  went  to  the  citv  of  Burgen,  where  he  worked  during  the  day  and  attended 
night  school.  Later  he  went  to  Christiansund.  a  city  nortli  of  Rurgen.  in 
1874,  and  there  clerked  in  a  store  one  year,  then  emigrated  to  America,  locat- 
ing in  Story  county.  Towa,  where  he  worked  at  various  things  for  one  year, 
then  moved  to  Decora,  this  state,  and  there  attended  the  Lutheran  College 
for  a  period  of  four  vears  and  left  that  institution  in  1877.  Lie  eng'iged  in 
teaching  for  one  rear,  later  went  to  Tennessee,  and  subsec|uently  to  Indiana, 
then  returned  to  Iowa,  and  finally  went  to  IMinnesota.  In  1885  he  entered 
the  Theological  Seminary  at  the  Capital  L^niversity.  Columbus,  Ohio,  from 
which  institution  he  was  graduated  after  a  three-years  course.  lie  l)egan  his 
regular  work  as  pastor  at  Dwight.  Richland  county.  North  Dakota,  and  re- 
mained there  six  vears,  then  went  to  Fargo,  that  state,  where  he  remained 
four  vears.  then  he  went  to  the  Pacific  coast  and  preached  at  Portland.  Ore- 
gon, for  three  and  one-half  years,  and  in  tqoo  he  came  to  his  present  loca- 
tion, and  has  since  been  pastor  of  the  church  southeast  of  Calamus  in  Olive 
township,  Clinton  county.  He  also  operates  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of 
land,  which  he  owns  here,  and  he'*lias  charge  of  forty  acres  which  belongs  to 
the  parsonage.  He  carries  on  general  farming  in  a  very  successful  manner. 
As  a  minister  he  has  done  a  great  work  wherever  he  has  been  called,  strength- 
ening and  building  up  tlie  congregations  which  he  has  ser\-ed.  and  he  is  an 
earnest,  forceful  and  faithful  expounder  of  the  gospel,  being  a  profound 
student  and  carefully  educated. 

Rev.  Mr.  Heie  was  married  on  ]\Iarch  15.  t88o.  to  BeTthanna  John.son, 
a  native  of  Clinton  county,  born  and  reared  in  this  locality  and  educated  here. 
She  is  the  daughter  of  George  and  Bertha  (Christensen)  Johnson,  early  set- 
tlers in  Clinton  county,  having  come  here  from  Norway  about  1853.  the  father 
becoming  an  extensive  farmer  here.  There  were  eleven  children  born  to  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Johnson:  John  D.,  Berthanna.  Christian.  Elizabeth.  Christanna, 
Bertha  AI.  (deceased),  Bertha  Margaret,  George,  Marie.  Lea  (deceased). 
Christian.  To  Rev.  and  ^Irs.  Heie  there  were  six  children  born  :  Hjalmar. 
Leanora.  Sigurd.  Swanhild,  Frithgof  and  Johan.  all  being  deceased,  except 
Frith  go  f. 

Politically.  Re\'.  ^Ir.  Heie  is  a  Republican,  but  is  lilicval  in  his  views. 
He  takes  an  abiding  interest  in  whatever  tends  to  promote  the  general  good 
of  his  communitv  and  countv  and  he  is  always  on  the  right  side  of  everv 


y^(y  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

public  and  mural  question,  lie  is  one  of  the  most  influential  men  in  the  west- 
ern portion  of  the  county  and  is  eminently  deserving  of  the  confidence  and 
esteem  that  are  freely  accorded  him.  He  is  obliging,  genial,  hospitable  and  a 
man  who  lakes  a  great  deal  of  interest  in  young  people  and  advocates  a  clean, 
wholesome  life. 


GUSTAV  A.  HORSTMAXX. 

A  splendid  example  of  the  modern  agriculturist  is  to  be  found  in  Gustav 
A.  Ilorstmann.  of  the  vicinity  of  Toronto,  Liberty  township,  Clinton  county, 
a  man  who  hokls  high  rank  among  the  progressixe  citizens  of  the  community 
in  which  he  resides  and  whose  interests  he  has  ever  had  at  heart  and  sought 
to  promote  in  whatever  manner  possible,  fur  he  realized  the  duties  of  true 
citizens  early  in  life  and  has  never  shirked  his  duties  in  this  connection,  well 
knowing  that  to  promote  the  general  good  meant  also  the  advancement  of  his 
individual  interests. 

Mr.  ilorstmann  was  born  in  Cedar  county,  Iowa,  on  July  14,  1868,  and 
he  is  the  son  of  Frederick  and  Dorothy  Ilorstmann.  the  father  a  native  of 
Holstein,  Germany,  his  birth  having  occurred  on  December  30,  1836;  the 
mother  was  also  born  in  Germany,  on  April  27,  1844.  There  they  grew  to 
maturity  and  were  educated  in  the  common  schools.  The  father  emigrated 
to  the  United  States  in  1866,  coming  west  to  Cedar  county,  Iowa,  later  moving 
to  Scott  county,  lie  was  a  man  of  thrift  and  in  due  course  of  time  became 
well  established  in  tlie  land  of  his  adoption.  His  family  consisted  of  five 
children,  four  of  whom  are  living.  Frederick  Horstmann  farmed  until  1891, 
in  which  year  he  moved  to  Wheatland  and  there  spent  the  remainder  of  his 
days,  his  birth  occurring  on  July  3,  1909.  and  that  of  his  wife  on  November 
II.  1 90 1.  He  was  a  very  successful  fanner  and  business  man,  and  owned 
a  fine  farm  of  two  hundred  and  forty  acres.  He  started  in  life  with  practical- 
ly nothing,  but  he  was  a  man  of  indomitable  courage  and  succeeded  by  his 
own  efforts.  Owing  to  his  exemplar}'  life,  lie  had  the  good  will  of  all  who 
knew  him  In  i)ulitics  he  was  a  Democrat  and  was  at  one  time  justice  of  the 
peace,  holding  this  office  in  a  \erv  creditable  manner  for  a  nnnilier  of  years; 
he  was  also  schocjl  director  for  a  number  of  years. 

Gustav  A.  Horstmrnm  was  reared  on  the  home  farm,  and  when  but  a 
lad  he  was  put  to  work  in  the  fields,  assisting  with  the  cro])s  during  the 
summer  months  and  attending  tlie  public  schools  in  the  winter  time.  He 
took  up   farming  as  a  life  work  and  has  been   \ery  successful,   now    owning 


CLINTON    COUNTV,    IOWA.  747 

two  huiiilrcd  and  toity  aero,  well  iinproNcd  in  e\ery  respect  and  under  a 
hig;h  state  of  cultixation.  on  which  stand  a  beautifully  located  and  cozy  dwell- 
ing and  a  si)lcndi(l  gmup  n\  outbuildings,  in  the  midst  of  forest  and  fruit 
trees.  On  the  place  may  be  seen  at  all  seasons  various  grades  of  good  live 
stock  which  form  no  small  part  of  his  annual  income,  for  he  understands 
well  the  handling  of  stock  and  their  raising  and  marketing.  This  is  the  old 
homestead,  which  lie  has  taken  a  tlelight  in  keeping  up  as  did  his  worth)' 
father  l:efore  him.  carrxing  on  general  farming  in  a  manner  that  stamps  him 
as  a  worthy  son  of  a  worthy  sire. 

Politically.  Mr.  1  lorstmann  is  a  Democrat,  and  he  has  Ijeen  one  of  the 
trustees  of  Liberty  township  for  the  past  twelve  years:  he  is  now  holding  the 
otifice  of  secretary  of  the  local  school  board,  having  tilled  this  position  with 
satisfaction  for  the  past  six  years,  taking  an  abiding  interest  in  educational  and 
all  local  affairs  and  ready  at  all  times  to  do  his  full  share  in  promoting 
the  general  good. 

Mr.  1  lorstmann  was  married  in  1891  to  Alwiene  Bielfeldt,  a  natixe  of 
Germany  and  the  daughter  of  Jocum  and  Maria  (Alwiene)  Bielfeldt.  who 
emigrated  to  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  in  an  early  day.  the  father  dying  at  Wheat- 
land in  1902;  the  mother  survives,  and  is  making  her  home  in  Davenport, 
Iowa.  They  were  always  very  highly  respected  wherever  they  cast  their  lot, 
being  people  of  industr}^  and  honesty.  To  'Sir.  and  Mrs.  Horstmann  four 
children  have  been  born.  Fred.  Walter.  Lillie  and  Leonard.  The  Horstmann 
family  has  always  stood  high  in  the  social  life  of  Liberty  township. 


GEORGE  WILLLVM  DULANY.  JR. 

The  chief  characteristics  of  George  William  Dulany,  Jr..  a  prominent 
business  man  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  seem  to  be  keenness  of  perce])tion.  a  tireless 
energy,  honesty  of  purpose  and  motive  and  everyday  common  sense,  which 
have  enabled  him  not  only  to  advance  his  own  interests.  l)ut  also  to  contrib.ute 
to  the  moral  and  material  advancement  of  the  community. 

Mr.  Dulany  was  born  in  Ft.  Scott.  Kansas.  July  1  1.  1877,  and  he  is  the 
son  of  George  William  antl  Fannie  (W'illiams)  Dulany.  They  were  both 
born  in  Missouri  and  were  married  in  Ft.  Scott.  Kansas,  whither  the  elder 
Dulany  had  gone  when  but  a  xoung  man  for  the  ])urpose  of  engaging  in  the 
retail  lumlier  business,  and  Fannie  \\'illiams  had  accc^mpanied  her  parents 
there  when  a  young  girl.     Remaining  in  Ft.  Scott  a  few   years,  these  parents 


J4.S  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

returned  to  liannilKil.  Missouri,  where  Mr.  Dulany  continued  to  engage  in  the 
lumber  business  and  where  they  still  reside.  He  has  been  associated 
with  his  father  in  the  lumber  business  since  before  the  Civil  war.  the  father, 
\V.  H.  Dulanv.  having  l^een  born  in  Howard  county,  Missouri,  in  1818,  his 
parents,  the  great-grandparents  of  the  subject,  having  had  the  distinction  of 
coming  to  Missouri  with  the  Daniel  Boone  party  in  the  early  pioneer  days. 
These  two  gentlemen,  father  and  son.  with  the  grandfathers  brothers,  en- 
gaged in  the  lumber  business  in- Hannibal  very  extensively  in  the  early  days, 
this  citv  having  been  for  many  years  the  distributing  point  for  Missouri,  Iowa 
and  Nebraska  and  the  Middle  West.  The  timber  and  lumber  were  shipped 
down  from  the  north,  principally  towed  on  the  ^Mississippi  river,  and  many 
millions  of  feet  of  the  same  passed  the  city  of  Clinton  en  route  to  Hannibal. 
Meml)ers  of  this  family  in  the  meantime  iDecame  identified  with  the  mills  in 
Wisconsin,  Minnesota.  Arkansas,  Louisiana,  Texas  and  Washington.  \\'hile 
the  family  still  live  in  Hannibal,  they  have  not  conducted  any  active  business 
there  since  1898.  They  became  known  throughout  the  Mississippi  valley  in 
connection  with  the  lumber  business  and  became  prosperous  in  this  line. 

In  1894,  George  W.  Dulany,  Jr..  of  this  review,  organized  in  Minneapo- 
lis, Minnesota,  the  Eclipse  Lumber  Company,  where  the  general  offices  were 
maintained  until  June  i.  1910.  when  they  moved  them  to  Clinton.  Iowa,  mak- 
ing the  main  office  nearer  the  branch  offices,  which  are  located  in  Iowa  and 
southern  Minnesota.  The  Dulany s  also  purchased  the  old  and  well  estab- 
lished lumber  interests  here  of  C.  Lamb  &  Sons,  held  at  that  time  by  Ingwer- 
sen-Borbeck  &  Company. 

George  W.  Dulany,  Jr..  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Hannibal, 
Missouri,  later  attended  Phillips  Academy  at  Andover,  Massachusetts,  and 
finally  Yale  University,  from  which  institution  he  was  graduated  in  1898. 

Young  Dulany  enlisted  in  the  United  States  navy  and  served  with  much 
credit  on  the  "Minne.sota"  during  the  war  with  Spain.  The  "Minnesota"  did 
princii)ally  patrol  duty  as  a  part  of  the  north  Atlantic  .squadron,  defending  the 
coast  of  New  England.  He  enlisted  as  common  .seaman  and  rose  to  the  rank 
of  second  class  (juartermaster.  In  1899  he  entered  the  employ  of  the  Empire 
Lumber  Company,  building  for  them  a  railway  through  the  woods  of  north- 
ern Wisconsin.  He  was  next  engaged  in  the  lumber  and  grain  business  at 
Winona.  Minnesota,  until  1903,  when  he  moved  to  Minneapolis  and  shortly 
afterwards  organized  the  Eclipse  Lumber  Company,  rdreadv  mentioned. 

Mr.  Dulany  seems  to  have  inherited  his  business  genius  from  his  ante- 
cedents and.  judging  by  the  splendid  record  lu-  lias  made  in  the  past,  the  fu- 
ture holds  much  of  promise  in  his  chosen  field  of  endeavor.     He  has  rare 


CLINTOX    COUNTY,    IOWA.  749 

foresight,  analytical  abilit)  and  is  In-  nalnre  an  organizer  and  proniotor  and 
he  is  a  man  of  straightforward  principles  and  persistent  energ}\  Personally 
he  is  a  good  mixer,  unassuming,  genial  and  uniformly  courteous. 

Until  recent  years  the  Dulanys  were  Democrats,  but  now  the  subject  is 
independent,  preferring  to  xote  for  the  man  whom  he  deems  most  worthy  of 
the  office  sought,  rather  tlian  for  the  party.  Fraternally  he  belongs  to  the 
Winona  Consistory,  Ancient  Free  and  Accepted  Masons,  and  the  Ancient 
Arabic  Order  of  Nobles  of  the  Mystic  Shrine.  He  also  belonged  to  a  college 
fraternity,  and  he  is  a  member  of  the  Sons  of  the  American  Revolution,  some 
of  his  ancestors  having  fought  in  the  patriot  army. 

Mr.  Dulany  was  married  on  August  25,  1901.  to  Catherine  McDonnell, 
a  lady  of  culture  and  refinement  and  the  representative  of  a  prominent  old 
family  of  Evanston.  Illinois.  This  union  has  been  graced  by  the  birth  of  one 
son.  George  \\'illiam,  the  third. 


FRED  \V.  MrrCHELL. 

The  editor  of  a  country  paper,  to  properly  fill  his  position,  must  he  a  man 
whose  wisdom  should  exceed  that  of  Solomon.  He  must  he  able  to  discuss 
all  the  leading  questions  of  the  day ;  e(iually  shoidd  know  how  to  cure  ailing 
poultry  or  to  prescribe  for  freckles.  The  work  of  liis  paper  is  not  sj^ecialized 
as  is  that  of  the  city  paper  and  the  editor  must  bear  the  greater  burden,  soine- 
times  combining  the  functions  of  reporter,  editor,  compositor  and  pressman. 
His  mission  is  to  keep  the  citizens  of  the  community  informed  of  the  doings 
of  each  other  and  of  the  outside  world,  but  pre-eminently  to  assist,  in  all 
the  ways  in  which  he  can.  the  development  of  that  community.  He  must 
possess  marked  i^ublic  spirit,  and  country  journalists  have.  b\'  persistent 
advocacy,  done  more  for  the  adxanccment  of  the  rural  communities  than 
have  the  members  of  any  other  profession. 

Fred  A\'.  Mitchell  was  born  at  Savanna.  Illinois.  April  6.  1877,  son  of 
the  Rev.  C.  H.  and  Lottie  (Henderson)  Mitchell.  C.  H.  Mitchell  was  horn 
in  Tndirma  in  1846.  and  his  wife  was  born  in  Illinois  in  1848.  Fie  attended 
the  public  schools  and  gt"aduated  froin  Monmouth  College  at  Monmouth, 
Illinois,  taking  his  theological  course  at  Xenia  Seminary.  Xenia.  Ohio.  He 
was  then  ordained  a  United  Presbyterian  minister  and  has  seiwed  as  pa.stor 
in  many  charges.  He  is  now  residing  at  Golden.  Illinois.  Of  his  four  sons 
and  two  daughters,  all  are  living.     During  the  Civil  war  he  enlisted  in  the 


750  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

hundrcd-davs  service  and  is  now  a  niemljer  of  the  Grand  Arniv.  Three 
nt  his  hrothers  were  in  the  army  and  one  of  them  was  killed,  W^illiam 
survivinij.  l-'red  Mitehell's  paternal  grandfather  was  Dr.  William  Mitchell, 
a  native  <>\  Pennsylvania  who  came  to  Ohio  and  later  moved  to  Indiana,  and 
then  to  Illinois,  dving  at  Monnioiuh.  The  maternal  grandfather  was  William 
Henderson,  an  earlv  settler  of  Illinois,  where  he  and  his  wife  died.  All  were 
men  and  women  of  much  worth  and  highly  respected,  and  his  father  was  a 
pastor  of  aiiility  and  power. 

I'red  W.  Mitchell  was  educated  in  the  high  school  at  Keota.  Iowa,  and 
at  Lewis  Institute.  Chicago,  at  which  time  he  was  a  reporter  on  the  Ti)iics- 
Hcrald.  He  early  showed  a  hent  for  newsi)aper  work,  first  learning  the 
printer's  trade  at  Washington.  lo\va.  and  w  hen  eighteen  he  started  a  paper  at 
Hanover.  Illinois.  He  was  in  nc\\s])a])cr  work  in  the  City  of  Mexico  for  five 
years  after  graduation,  then  came  back  to  the  States  and  was  engaged  at 
Desmon.  Iowa,  Cedar  Rapids.  Iowa,  and  Clay  Center.  Kansas,  and  then 
was  for  a  time  at  Chicago.  He  came  to  De  Witt  and  bought  the  Dc  JJ'ift 
Observer  on  October  i.  1907.  of  which  lie  has  since  been  tlie  proprietor.  He 
has  greatly  enlarged  the  scope  of  the  paper  and  has  brought  it  up  to  its  present 
high  standard.      In  politics  he  is  a  Repul}lican. 

On  October  2(S,  1907.  Mr.  Mitchell  was  married  to  Florence  Kay.  of 
Clay  Center.  Kansas.  Mr.  Mitchell  has  had  wide  experience  in  his  profession 
and  is  the  proprietor  of  a  paper  wdiich  is  a  credit  to  the  county  and  which 
exerts  much  influence.  Personally,  he  is  an  agreeable  and  affable  man  and 
has  manv  friends. 


J.  C.  CONRAD  &  SONS. 

One  does  not  ha\e  to  carry  his  investigations  far  into  the  business  and 
commercial  life  of  the  city  of  Clinton.  Iowa,  to  ascertain  that  the  firm  of 
J.  (  .  (  oiuad  iH:  .Sons  is  one  of  the  leading  grocery  stores  of  Clinton  county 
and  that  the  gentlemen  under  whose  able  management  it  has  grown  to  its 
present  large  proportions  are  men  of  twentieth-century  ideas,  alert,  aggressive 
and  honorable  in  all  the  relations  of  life.  The  sons  of  J.  C.  Conrad — Charles 
C.  and  Harold  P..  of  whi-ni  this  .sketch  more  ])articularly  treats — are  of  that 
class  of  young  men  who  would  win  in  life's  struggle  under  anv  environment. 

Charles  C.  Conrad  was  l)orn  in  Lansing.  Iowa.  May  4.  1877.  the  son  of 
John  C.  Conrad,  who  was  born  in  1843  in  New  ^'ork  state,  and  there  he  grew 
u|)  r-nd  was  educated  and  when  still  a  young  man  emigrated  to  Minnesota. 


CLINTON    COUNTY.    IOWA.  751 

While  there  the  Civil  war  broke  out  and  he  enlisted  in  Company  1,  of  the  fa- 
mous First  X'olunteer  Infantry.  Minnesota  Volunteers,  and  he  ])r()ve<l  to  he  a 
very  gallant  defender  of  the  stars  and  stripes,  having  reached  the  rank  of 
sergeant  when  mustered  out.     He  was  a  machinist  by  trade  and  after  his  mar- 
riage he  moved  to  Lansing.  Iowa.  then,  in  1880,  came  to  Clinton  and  started 
a  grocery  store  the  following  year  on  the  same  plot  of  ground  where  the  firm 
grocery  now  stands,  at  Xos.  412-414   Xorth   Second   street.      He  gradually 
built  up  a  very  large  business,  in  fact,  the  prestige  of  this  store  has  for  thirty 
years  l^een  too  well  known  throughout  the  county  to  need  commenting  on.     At 
that  time  this  particular  section  of  the  city  was  all  open  country,  with  neither 
buildings  or  trees.     Here  the  father,  John  C,  conducted  his  grocery  until  his 
death  and  as  his  sons  grew  up  they  took  the  active  management  of  the  store. 
For  many  years  before  his  death  the  elder  Conrad  left  the  management  of  his 
store  to  his  sons  and  he  very  faithfully  performed  the  duties  of  foreman  at 
Lamb's  machine  shop  for  a  number  of  years.     He  was  accidentally  injured 
while  working  there,  and  it  is  probable  that  this  resulted  eventually  in  his 
death  in  igo8.     He  was  an  excellent  business  man  and  of  a  friendly  disposi- 
tion, made  friends  easily  and  always  retained  them.     He  was  a  member  of 
St.  Patrick's  Catholic  church  and  his  family  also  belongs  to  this  congregation. 
The    family   of  John    C.    Conrad   consisted   of    four   children,    namely : 
Charles  C.  and  Harold  F.,  mentioned  above  as  conducting  the  grocery  of  this 
name:  Mrs.  Harry  Ordway,  of  Clinton;  George  H.,  who  is  now  deceased, 
worked  in  the  People's  Trust  &  Savings  Bank  at  Clinton. 

Charles  C.  Conrad  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton  and 
before  and  after  school  hours  he  worked  in  his  father's  grocery — in  fact,  he 
grew  up  in  the  business  and  was  familiar  with  its  every  detail  when  quite 
young.  In  1904  he  went  into  partnership  with  his  brother,  Harold  F.,  in  the 
management  of  the  grocery  under  the  name  of  J.  C.  Conrad  &  Sons.  This 
store  has  the  reputation  of  being  the  oldest,  largest  and  best  equipped  gro- 
cery in  Clinton  and  a  \  er\-  large  and  satisfactoiy  trade  is  carried  on  here  at  all 
seasons.  The  store  is  always  well  stocked  and  is  kept  neat  and  attractive. 
Charles  C.  Conrad  is  a  member  of  the  P>rotherhood  of  Railway  Train- 
men. Fraternal  Order  of  Fagles,  Mutual  Benefit  Association,  Royal  Arcanum 
and  the  Ben  Hur  Society.  He  stands  high  in  fraternal  circles  and  he  is  a 
faithful  member  of  the  Catholic  church. 

Charles  C.  Conrad  married,  on  July  4.  1004.  Sophia  Zaiser,  who  was 
born  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  the  daughter  of  William  Zaiser,  a  printer  by  trade 
and  one  of  the  early  settlers  of  Lyons,  Iowa.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Conrad  have  no 
children. 


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Harold  F.  Conrad  was  born  March  23.  1881,  in  Clinton.  Iowa,  and  was 
educated  in  the  public  schools  here.  When  fifteen  years  of  age  he  entered  a 
printing  office  and  learned  the  pressman's  trade.  He  worked  in  the  Journal 
office  at  Clinton  and  in  other  offices  in  various  cities,  having  become  a  veiy 
efficient  man  in  his  line  so  that  his  services  were  in  demand.  He  had  the  repu- 
tation of  Ijeing  verv  rapid.  But  tiring  of  the  somewhat  monotonous  life  in  a 
printing  office  and  seeing  a  better  opportunity  to  advance  himself  in  the  gro- 
cery business,  he  formed  a  partnership  with  his  brother,  Charles  C.  in  1904, 
under  the  firm  name  of  J.  C.  Conrad  &  Sons,  and  he  has  been  very  successful 
in  this  line  of  endeavor,  his  pleasing  manners  and  his  uniform  courtesy  and 
consideration  rendering  him  popular  with  customers  and  has  increased  the 
general  prestige  of  the  store. 


MARTIN  C.  SOEXKSEX. 

The  subject  of  this  review  is  a  gentleman  of  high  standing  among  the 
citizens  of  Olive  township,  where  is  situated  part  of  his  valuable  landed  es- 
tate, and  to  him  has  not  been  denied  a  full  measure  of  success,  having  long 
been  a  recognized  factor  of  importance  in  connection  with  the  agricultural 
interests  of  the  county.  Like  a  large  number  of  the  thrifty  citizens  of  Clin- 
ton countv.  Mr.  Soenksen  is  of  Germanic  stock  and  birth.  l)ut  has  spent  most 
of  his  active  and  useful  life  within  the  borders  of  the  great  Hawkeye  com- 
monwealth. 

Martin  C.  Soenksen  was  born  in  Germany  in  1858.  and  he  is  the  son  of 
Brodcr  Soenksen  and  vife.  mention  of  whom  is  made  under  the  caption  on 
Christ  Soenkseni.  in  another  part  of  this  work.  IMartin  Soenksen  remained 
in  his  native  land  until  he  was  fourteen  years  of  age  and  attended  school 
there.  He  then  came  to  the  United  States  and  settled  in  Center  township, 
Clinton  county.  Iowa,  where  he  continued  to  go  to  school  until  he  received 
a  very  good  education.  He  grew  up  on  a  farm  which  he  wttrked  during  his 
youth  and  he  has  always  followed  agricultural  pursuits,  and,  being  a  hard 
worker  and  a  good  manager,  he  has  hem  very  amply  rewarded  and  is  now  the 
owner  of  a  well  improved  and  productive  farm  of  one  hundred  and  eightv 
acres  in  Olive  township,  this  county,  where  he  has  lived  the  past  eleven  years 
and  wlicre  he  has  a  pleasant  home.  He  also  owns  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres 
of  valuable  land  in  Oklahoma.  He  has  put  on  most  of  the  later  improvements 
on  the  place  where  he  now  resides,  and  carries  on  general  farming  and  stock 


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raising,  giving  practically  all  his  attention  to  the  proper  tilling  of  the  soil  and 
the  care  and  disposition  of  the  harvests  from  the  same. 

Air.  Soenksen  was  married  in  1880  to  Augusta  Clausen,  who  was  born 
in  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  and  is  the  daughter  of  John  F.  and  Mary  (Leveson) 
Clausen.  Mary  Leveson's  father  was  a  very  early  settler  in  Clinton  county. 
Mrs.  Soenksen  was  reared  and  educated  in  this  county;  both  her  parents  are 
still  living  in  Miles,  Jackson  county,  Iowa.  The  following  children  have 
been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Soenksen :  Bernhard,  Mary,  Anna,  Johnnie. 
Henry,  Erwin,  Malinda,  Selma,  Hilda  and  Arnold.  All  these  children  are 
living  at  home  with  the  exception  of  Mary  and  Anna,  who  reside  in  Cali- 
fornia. 

Mr.  Soenksen  and  family  are  members  of  the  Lutheran  church,  and 
politically  Mr.  Soenksen  is  a  Democrat  in  national  affairs,  l)ut  independent 
in  local  affairs,  preferring  to  vote  for  the  man  whom  he  believes  is  best 
fitted  to  hold  the  ofifice  sought.  He  himself  has  been  contented  to  lead  a 
quiet  life  on  his  farm,  not  aspiring  to  public  offices,  although  doubtless  well 
qualified  to  ably  and  faithfully  discharge  the  duties  of  any  of  the  local  offices. 


FRED  RIXON. 


The  prominent  business  man  of  w'hom  it  is  the  privilege  of  the  biographer 
to  wn-ite  in  this  connection  is  at  the  head  of  one  of  the  leading  manufacturing 
enterprises  of  its  kind  in  Towa,  and  for  this  reason  his  name  has  become 
widely  known  in  the  business  circles  of  this  and  other  states  of  the  North. 
Northwest  and  Southwest.  Since  locating  at  Clinton  he  has  done  much  to 
promote  the  material  prosperity  of  the  city  through  the  medium  of  his  busi- 
ness, and  as  a  man  and  citizen  he  has  l>een  equally  influential  in  advancing 
the  social  and  rural  interests  of  the  community.  Fred  Rixon  is  a  native  of 
northern  Germany  and  the  son  of  H.  C.  and  Analie  (Lund)  Rixon.  These 
parents  reared  their  family  in  the  fatherland,  and  lived  near  their  native  place 
until  1882,  when  they  came  to  America  and  located  in  Chicago.  In  his  native 
country  H.  C.  Rixon  had  been  a  merchant,  but  after  coming  to  the  United 
States  he  spent  the  remainder  of  his  life  in  retirement,  dying  in  the  year  1905, 
his  wife  following  him  to  the  grave  in  1907.  Of  his  family  of  six  sons  and 
three  daughters,  four  of  the  former  and  all  of  the  latter  are  living. 

Fred  Rixon  was  born  Octol>er  18,  1855,  received  a  collegiate  education 
in  his  native  land,  and  in  1871  he  came  to  the  United  States  and  spent  the 
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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 


ensuing  two  years  in  Chicago.  Leaving  that  city  in  1873,  he  located  at  Clin- 
ton, Iowa,  and  accepted  a  clerkship  in  a  store,  in  which  capacity  he  continued 
until  1 88 1,  when  he  engaged  in  the  retail  clothing  business  for  himself.  After 
ten  years  in  that  line  of  merchandise,  he  added  a  large  stock  of  boots  and 
shoes,  and  during  the  next  few  years  built  up  an  extensive  and  lucrative  pat- 
ronage, and  established  an  honorable  reputation  as  an  enterprising,  judicious 
and  far-seeing  business  man.  In  the  meantime,  1902,  he  formed  a  partner- 
ship with  W.  A.  Edwards  for  the  manufacture  of  ladies'  petticoats  and  other 
garments,  which  enterprise  grew  so  rapidly  during  the  three  years  following, 
that  in  1905  he  sold  his  store,  the  better  to  devote  his  entire  attention  to  his 
manufacturing  interests. 

Messrs.  Rixon  &  Edwards  started  their  factory  with  eight  machines,  but 
the  demand  for  the  product  was  such  that  it  was  found  necessary  to  increase 
the  capacitv  of  the  plant  from  time  to  time,  until  there  are  now  one  hundred 
and  thirty-five  machines  in  operation,  turning  out  about  one  hundred  thou- 
sand garments  annually,  which  find  their  chief  markets  in  the  states  of  Iowa, 
Illinois,  Wisconsin.  Kansas.  Oklahoma.  Missouri  and  the  Dakotas.  The  com- 
pany at  the  present  time  manufactures  eighty-five  different  kinds  of  garments, 
which  include  two  hundred  and  fifty  styles  in  silks,  satins,  ginghams,  muslins. 
etc..  the  business  requiring  the  services  of  from  one  hundred  to  one  hundred 
and  twenty-five  employes,  exclusive  of  traveling  salesmen,  who  vary  in  number 
from  six  to  ten.  The  superior  quality  of  all  the  product  has  created  a  demand 
w^hich  taxes  the  plant  to  the  utmost  to  supply  and,  judging  from  the  recent 
rapid  growth  of  the  business,  the  proprietors  are  now  considering  the  advisa- 
bility of  a  still  further  enlargement  of  its  capacity.  Mr.  Edwards  dying  in 
February,  1909,  Mr.  Rixon  purchased  his  interest,  and  since  that  time  has  been 
virtually  sole  proprietor  of  the  establishment,  although  in  August  of  the  year 
indicated,  his  son,  Fred,  Jr.,  became  identified  with  the  concern  and  is  now 
vice-president  of  the  same. 

The  gro\\i:h  of  this  far-reaching  enterprise  has  been  almost  phenomenal, 
the  chief  reason  for  which  is  the  high  reputation  of  the  product,  the  different 
lines  being  considered  the  best  of  the  kind  wherever  sold.  Mr.  Rixon  has 
aimed  to  furnish  nothing  but  first-class  goods  to  the  trade,  and  that  he  has 
succeeded  in  this  laudable  desire  is  amply  demonstrated  by  the  large  orders 
which  are  constantly  coming  from  all  parts  of  the  country,  and  which,  as 
already  indicated,  he  sometimes  experiences  considerable  difficulty  in  filling. 
During  the  past  year  (1909)  the  plant  almost,  if  not  quite,  doubled  its  ca- 
pacity, judging  from  which,  it  is  easy  to  predict  a  business  of  greatly  enlarged 
proportions  in  the  future  and  an  establishment  which  will  become  one  of  the 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  755 

greatest  of  the  kind  in  the  West.  Mr.  Rixon  is  a  very  careful  and  methodical 
man.  who  is  familiar  with  every  phase  of  his  business,  and  keeps  in  close  touch 
with  the  trade.  To  his  sound  judgment  and  superior  executive  ability  the  city 
of  Clinton  is  indebted  for  one  of  its  leading  enterprises  and,  as  stated  in  a 
preceding  paragraph,  he  has  not  been  unmindful  of  the  city's  welfare  in  other 
than  a  material  way.  being  interested  in  its  social  and  moral  advancement  and 
readv  at  all  times  to  lend  his  assistance  and  influence  to  further  all  laudable, 
charitable  and  humanitarian  projects.  In  politics,  Mr.  Rixon  votes  the  Re- 
publican ticket,  but  is  not  a  partisan,  much  less  an  aspirant  for  office  or 
public  recognition,  and  in  religion  he  was  reared  under  the  influence  of  the 
Lutheran  church,  to  the  teachings  of  which  he  has  always  inclined. 

Mr.  Rixon  was  married  on  the  first  day  of  May,  1881,  to  Margaret  D. 
Diercks,  daughter  of  Peter  Diercks.  one  of  the  wealthy  farmers  and  promi- 
nent German-American  citizens  of  Clinton  county.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Rixon  are 
the  parents  of  two  children,  Fred,  Jr.,  and  Irene.  The  former  was  edu- 
cated in  the  common  schools  and  Sternman's  Institute,  at  Dixon,  Illinois,  and 
is  now  associated  wath  his  father  in  the  latter's  manufacturing  interests,  being 
vice-president  of  the  company  of  which  his  father  is  president.  After  being 
graduated  from  the  Clinton  high  school,  Irene  entered  Downer's  College,  in 
Milwaukee,  where  she  earned  an  honorable  record  as  an  industrious  and 
painstaking  student.  Both  son  and  daughter  are  intelligent  and  cultured  and 
move  in  the  best  social  circles  of  the  city,  being  popular  among  all  with  whom 
thev  mingle.  The  Rixons  are  among  the  best  known  and  most  highly  es- 
teemed families  of  Clinton,  and  since  moving  to  the  city  have  filled  a  large 
place  socially  and  in  the  public  eye. 


MATHIAS  M.  THUSEN  AND  PETER  M.  THUSEN. 

The  gentlemen  whose  names  appear  above,  lirothers  in  partnership  in  the 
grocery  business  under  the  firm  name  of  'M.  Thusen  &  Company,  at  No.  319 
North  Fourth  street,  Clinton,  Iowa,  are  too  well  known  in  local  business  cir- 
cles to  need  anv  extensive  comment  here,  for  they  have  long  maintained  one 
of  the  leading  stores  in  this  vicinity. 

Mathias  M.  Thusen  was  born  in  the  country  just  south  of  Denmark, 
known  as  Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany,  August  25,  1856,  and  is  of  Danish 
descent,  that  part  of  Germany  having  at  the  time  of  his  birth  been  a  part  of 
Denmark.    His  parents  were  Mathias  and  Christina  (Thusen)  Matesen.    The 


7^6  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

children  took  their  mother's  maiden  name  through  some  pecuHarity  of  the 
German  law  when  North  Schleswig  changed  from  a  province  of  Denmark  to 
a  province  of  Germany.     The  parents  lived  on  a  farm  and  died  in  the  old 

country. 

]\rathias  M.  Thusen  received  a  text-book  training  equivalent  to  a  common 
school  education  in  this  country,  and  when  seventeen  years  old  he  emigrated 
to  north  Denmark  proper,  and  there  he  worked  as  a  laborer  on  farms.  When 
twenty  years  of  age  he  entered  the  Danish  army,  in  which  he  served  nine 
months,  the  army  not  being  engaged  in  war  at  that  time.  When  twenty-four 
years  of  age  he  came  to  the  United  States  and  located  at  Clinton,  Iowa,  where 
he  first  worked  a  year  in  a  saw  mill,  then  for  a  period  of  six  years  he  clerked 
in  a  flour  and  feed  store,  thus  learning  the  details  of  the  mercantile  business, 
at  which  he  has  so  admirably  succeeded  in  later  years.  In  1889  he  and  his 
brother,  Peter  M.,  formed  a  partnership  and  entered  the  grocery  business  at 
No.  319  North  Fourth  street,  in  the  Danish  Society  building,  and  since  that 
time  they  have  been  continuously  engaged  in  business  at  this  place,  gradually 
enlarging  their  stock  and  becoming  more  prosperous  as  the  years  went  by, 
gaining  in  prestige  and  popularity  by  their  courteous  treatment  of  all  cus- 
tomers and  their  honest  dealings.  They  have  always  maintained  a  first-class, 
neat  and  carefully  stocked  store,  which  is  always  a  very  busy  place.  They 
have  a  very  extensive  trade  among  the  Danish  Germans,  as  well  as  others. 

Mathias  M.  Thusen  is  a  member  of  the  Danish  Lutheran  church  and  is 
a  Democrat  in  politics.  He  married  Marie  Kair  on  December  5,  1885.  She 
came  from  the  same  district  of  Germany  as  did  Mr.  Thusen  and  is  a  lady  of 
refined  tastes.  Three  children  have  been  born  to  this  union,  Johanna,  Mathias, 
Jr..  and  Christian. 

Peter  M.  Thusen,  mentioned  above  as  brother  and  partner  of  Mathias  M. 
Thusen,  was  born  December  29.  1861,  in  north  Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany. 
He  worked  on  a  farm  until  twenty  years  old  and  in  1881,  having  completed 
his  education  in  the  home  country  and  ready  to  start  life  for  himself,  he  came 
to  America,  direct  to  Clinton,  Towa.  He  first  found  employment  in  a  saw 
mill,  tlien  worked  three  years  for  Thompson  &  Coan,  and  finally,  in  1889, 
went  into  partnership  with  his  1)rother,  Mathias  M.,  in  the  grocery  business 
and  has  done  his  full  share  of  the  work  and  management  of  this  successful 
enterprise. 

Peter  M.  Thusen  was  married  to  Anna  Kair,  who  was  born  on  September 
14.  1864.  She  was  a  sister  of  the  wife  of  Mathias  M.  Thusen  and  she  came 
to  Clinton,  low-a.  in  1881,  a  month  after  the  arrival  of  Peter  M.  Thusen.  She 
is  a  woman  of  good  taste  and  of  a  good  family.  They  have  two  children, 
Christian  and  Marie. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  757 

Peter  M.  Thusen  is  a  Republican  in  politics  and  a  member  of  the  Danish 
Lutheran  church.  Both  he  and  his  brother  are  influential  in  the  church  and 
local  societies  of  their  friends  and  their  nationality,  for  they  have  always  been 
known  as  honest,  industrious  citizens. 


WILLIAM  W.  MESSER. 

Among  the  strong  and  influential  citizens  of  Clinton  county  the  record 
of  whose  lives  have  become  an  essential  part  of  the  history  of  this  section, 
the  gentleman  whose  name  appears  above  occupies  a  prominent  place,  and  for 
years  he  has  exerted  a  beneficial  influence  in  the  city  where  he  resides  and  the 
interest  of  which  he  has  ever  had  at  heart,  always  manifesting  a  willingness  to 
do  his  full  share  as  a  public  spirited  citizen  in  furthering  any  movement  look- 
ing to  the  general  good. 

William  W.  Messer  was  born  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  June  21,  1858,  and  is 
the  son  of  Oliver  and  Harriet  H.  Messer,  both  natives  of  the  state  of  New 
Hampshire  and  each  representing  sterling  old  New  England  families.  In 
1856  they  emigrated  west  arid  located  in  Clinton,  Iowa.  The  elder  Messer 
was  general  fuel  agent  and  tie  inspector  for  the  Chicago  Northwestern  Rail- 
road Company.  Later  he  became  superintendent  of  the  local  gas  and  water 
works,  a  position  which  he  very  ably  filled  for  a  period  of  twenty  years,  finally 
retiring,  and  his  death  occurred  in  1903.  He  was  an  influential  man  in  local 
affairs  and  was  a  member  of  the  school  board  for  a  number  of  years.  He 
never  sought  public  office,  preferring  to  lead  a  quiet  life.  His  widow  sur- 
vived him  until  December  25,  1909.  They  had  but  one  child,  William  W.,  of 
this  review. 

The  subject  of  this  sketch  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton 
and,  applying  himself  very  closely  to  his  text  books,  received  a  verv  service- 
able education.  He  began  assisting  his  father  in  his  work  when  but  a  small 
boy,  and  for  a  period  of  twenty  years  he  was  assistant  superintendent  of  the 
city  gas  and  water  works,  being  associated  all  the  while  with  his  father  in  the 
work.  During  that  time  he  was  interested  in  a  farm  north  of  Lyons,  although 
he  continued  to  live  in  Clinton.  He  was  also  interested  in  other  business  af- 
fairs, having  formed  a  partnership  with  E.  G.  Fenlon  in  the  coal,  wood,  grain, 
feed  and  implement  business  for  a  period  of  three  years.  He  then  fanned 
again  three  or  four  years  and  in  1907  formed  a  partnership  with  William 
Parks  in  the  storage  and  transfer  business,  also  a  commission  business.     This 


758  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

partnership  still  exists  and  they  have  been  very  successful  in  the  same.  Mr. 
Messer  is  now  the  owner  of  a  well  improved  and  very  valuable  farm  in  Clin- 
ton countv.  on  the  outskirts  of  the  city,  on  which  general  farming  is  carried 
on.  The  place  consists  of  three  hundred  and  sixty-five  acres,  and  it  will  rank 
with  the  model  farms  of  the  county  in  every  respect. 

Politically.  Mr.  Messer  is  a  Democrat  and,  while  he  takes  much  more 
than  a  passing  interest  in  political  matters,  he  is  no  office  seeker.  Mrs.  Messer 
is  a  member  of  the  Congregational  church. 

Mr.  Messer  was  married  in  1888  to  Marie  Hobein,  a  native  of  Lyons, 
Iowa,  where  she  was  reared  and  educated  and  where  her  family  has  long  been 
prominent.  This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  two  children,  namely : 
Oliver  L  ,  who  is  a  graduate  of  the  Clinton  high  school,  and  Clarence  W.,  who 
is  a  student  in  the  local  public  schools. 

Leonard  Hobein,  father  of  Mrs.  Messer,  was  born  in  Braunschweig,  Ger- 
many, February  19,  1820.  His  wife,  Anna  Maria  (Racho)  Hobein,  was  born 
September  8.  1830,  in  Strelitz,  Mecklenburg,  Germany.  They  were  married 
in  1854,  came  to  the  United  States  that  year  and  settled  in  Lyons,  Iowa.  The 
father  died  on  September  16,  1893,  ^^  the  age  of  seventy-three.  The  wife  sur- 
vives him  and  is  still  living  in  the  old  home,  at  the  age  of  eighty  years. 


CHARLES  E.  McMAHON. 

The  picturesque  days  of  the  steamboats  and  rivermen  of  a  generation  ago 
have  about  vanished,  at  least  the  general  "atmosphere"  about  them  seems  to 
"have  undergone  a  change,  and  many  who  a  few  decades  ago  folloAved  the 
river  have  turned  their  attention  to  other  things.  Although  the  spectator 
today  sees  craft  of  all  kinds  on  the  bosom  of  the  mighty  "father  of  waters." 
the  scene  is  different  from  the  old  days ;  one  cannot  explain  the  difference,  but 
it  exists  nevertheless,  and  a  certain  glory  has  departed,  like  lost  youth,  never 
to  come  again.  One  of  the  sterling  and  interesting  characters  of  Clinton 
county  whose  early  life  was  given  to  service  on  the  river  is  Charles  E.  Mc- 
Mahon,  who  can  tell  many  interesting  stories  of  life  as  it  was  in  the  old  days 
on  the  Mississippi.  He  was  born  at  Albany,  Illinois.  September  3,  i860,  and 
is  the  son  of  Abner  and  Ruth  (William)  McMahon,  the  father  born  in  Ohio 
and  the  mother  in  Whiteside  county.  Illinois,  to  which  county  the  father  came 
when  a  child  with  his  parents.  He  was  a  steamboat  pilot  for  many  years  on 
the  Mississippi  river.     He  met  death  in  a  tragic  manner,  being  murdered  on 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  759 

July  4,  1868,  at  Reeds  Landing',  Minnesota.  He  was  regarded  as  one  of  the 
best  pilots  on  the  ri\er.  His  family  consisted  of  three  sons  and  one  daughter, 
all  living.    The  mother  died  in  1875. 

Charles  E.  McMahon,  of  this  review,  received  his  education  in  the  public 
schools  of  Albany  and  Dixon,  Illinois,  also  attending  a  business  college.  He 
went  on  the  river  as  a  wood  passer  when  very  young,  and  then  became  mate 
and  pilot  and  later  became  captain  for  C.  F.  Alden,  remaining  as  such  until 
1891,  when  he  married.  He  had  made  an  excellent  record  on  the  river  and  had 
become  widely  known  all  along  the  Mississippi,  where  he  had  worked  so  long. 
His  next  work  was  for  the  Clinton  Bridge  &  Iron  Works  and  was  general 
foreman  for  thirteen  years,  giving  excellent  service.  He  then  went  to  work 
for  the  Iowa  Telephone  Company,  and  worked  for  the  bridge  and  iron  works 
during  the  winter.  He  began  work  in  1899  ^"^r  the  Iowa  Telephone  Company 
as  ground  man.  then  as  lineman.  He  has  been  inspector  and  manager  since 
January  i,  1910,  filling  this  responsible  position  in  a  manner  that  has  won 
the  approval  of  all  concerned. 

Politically,  Mr.  McMahon  is  a  Republican.  He  has  been  a  member  of 
the  board  of  education  for  nine  years,  holding  the  office  three  terms.  Fra- 
ternally, he  belongs  to  the  Masons,  having  taken  all  the  degrees  of  the  Scot- 
tish Rite  of  Free  Masons.  He  is  also  prominent  in  the  Independent  Order 
of  Odd  Fellows. 

Mr.  McMahon  was  married  in  November,  1889,  to  Malinda  Stark,  a 
nati\'e  of  Camanche,  Iowa.  This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  four  chil- 
dren, namely:  Bessie  graduated  from  the  Clinton  high  school;  Florence  is 
also  a  high  school  graduate ;  Thera  is  deceased ;  Myrta  is  attending  the  pub- 
lic schools. 


WILLIAM  REDDEN. 


The  name  of  William  Redden  holds  a  high  rank  among  the  business  men 
of  Clinton  county.  He  is  a  man  who  would  win  his  way  in  any  locality  where 
fate  might  place  him,  for  he  has  sound  judgment,  coupled  with  great  energy 
and  business  tact,  together  with  upright  principles,  all  of  which  make  for  suc- 
cess wherever  they  are  rightly  applied,  if  persisted  in,  and  by  reason  of  the 
exercise  of  these  principles  he  has  not  only  won  business  success  but  also  the 
confidence  and  good  will  of  his  fellow  men. 

Mr.  Redden  was  born  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  October  16,  1873,  and  he  is  the 
son  of  Michael  and  Elizabeth  (McCarthy)  Redden,  the  father  born  in  county 
Tipperary,  Ireland,  in  1845,  ^"^1  the  latter  born  in  Wicklow,  Ireland,  in  1844. 


760  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

The  father  was  a  laborer  and  when  a  young  man  he  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa, 
from  Ireland ;  he  was  an  honest  man  and  a  hard  worker  and  found  ready  em- 
ployment here.  His  family  consisted  of  four  sons,  Matthew,  Andrew,  Wil- 
liam and  Ambrose. 

William  Redden  was  educated  in  the  parochial  schools  of  Clinton,  and 
when  but  a  small  lad  he  determined  upon  a  mercantile  course,  and  after  leav- 
ing school  he  began  clerking  in  the  retail  shoe  store  of  Kief  &  Clancy,  learning 
here  the  "ins  and  outs"  of  this  business  thoroughly.  He  remained  with  the 
same  firm  for  a  period  of  ten  years,  giving  the  utmost  satisfaction  and  prov- 
ing an  excellent  employe  owing  to  his  promptness,  his  aptness  and  his  cour- 
tesy to  customers.  He  could  always  be  relied  upon.  In  1900  Mr.  Redden 
and  Mr.  Donlan,  the  latter  also  a  clerk  at  the  Kief  &  Clancy  shoe  store,  started 
in  a  retail  shoe  store  of  their  own  under  the  firm  name  of  Redden  &  Donlan, 
located  on  Second  street.  In  1906,  they  moved  to  No.  215  Fifth  avenue,  and 
there  they  still  maintain  one  of  the  most  popular  and  best  stocked  stores  in 
the  city.  They  started  in  business  on  a  small  scale  and  were  compelled  to 
work  up  the  trade,  but  both  being  young  men  of  unblemished  reputation  and 
of  indomitable  energy,  they  succeeded  admirably  well  and  now  their  place  of 
business  is  known  throughout  the  county  and  well  patronized  by  both  the  peo- 
ple of  the  rural  districts  and  from  Clinton  and  Lyons. 

Mr.  Redden  and  all  his  family  are  earnest  members  of  the  Catholic 
church. 

On  February  15,  1909,  Mr.  Redden  married  Flora  Herrin.  a  native  of 
Ohio,  born  in  1885.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Francis  and  Agnes  Herrin.  an 
excellent  family  of  the  Buckeye  state.  One  child,  Joseph,  was  born  to  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Redden  on  December  8,  1909. 


MICHAEL  THIEL. 


One  of  the  thrifty  and  modern  twentieth-century  farmers  in  the  ^'icinity 
of  Calamus,  Clinton  county,  is  Michael  Thiel.  who,  as  his  name  would  indi- 
cate, is  a  native  of  that  great  empire  across  the  sea  from  w^hemce  so  manv  of 
our  best  and  most  progressive  citizens,  especially  of  the  agricultural  classes, 
have  come — Germany — and  judging  from  the  splendid  appearance  of  his 
place  he  has  not  only  inherited,  but  brought  into  actual  practice,  the  winning 
characteristics  usually  attributed  to  the  Germanic  race.  His  birth  occurred 
in  the  fatherland  on  March  12,  1857.  and  he  is  the  son  of  John  and  Margaret 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  761 

(Wingender)  Thiel,  both  natives  of  Gennany.  There  the  mother  died  in 
1892  and  on  December  5,  1893,  ^"''^  father  came  to  CHnton,  Iowa,  where  he 
lived  until  his  death,  in  190T.  They  were  the  parents  of  five  children,  two 
of  whom  are  living;  two  died  in  Germany  and  one  after  the  family  came  to 
America.  Two  are  now  hving  in  Iowa,  John,  of  Scott  county,  and  Michael, 
of  this  review\  The  father  was  a  farmer  and  he  had  a  very  comfortable 
home.  He  was  ninety  years  old  wheri  he  crossed  the  ocean,  accompanied  by 
his  son,  John.  Hale  and  hearty,  he  never  experienced  seasickness  and  said 
it  was  the  best  journey  he  had  ever  made.  He  lived  here  six  years  with  his 
sons,  John  and  Michael,  and  was  ninety-six  years  old  at  the  time  of  his  death. 

Michael  Thiel  received  his  education  in  the  common  schools  and  he 
grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  farm  in  Germany.  He  also  studied  after 
coming  to  America,  and  is  fairly  well  educated.  He  came  to  Scott  county, 
Iowa,  in  1880  and  remained  there  until  1891,  when  he  came  to  Clinton 
county  and  purchased  the  one  hundred  and  sixty-acre  farm.  He  has  put  all 
the  improvements  on  the  same  and  has  erected  substantial  and  comfortable 
buildings  and  has  one  of  the  most  desirable  farms  in  this  part  of  the  county. 
He  carries  on  general  farming  and  raises  a  good  grade  of  live  stock. 

In  politics  Mr.  Thiel  is  a  Democrat,  but  he  has  never  made  any  effort 
to  be  elected  to  public  office,  preferring  to  devote  his  time  to  his  farm.  He 
and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Catholic  church. 

Mr.  Thiel  was  married  in  1887  to  Mary  Gessner,  a  native  of  Ohio, 
having  been  born  in  Shelby  county,  February  19,  1855.  She  is  the  daughter 
of  Michael  and  Anna  M.  Gessner,  who  came  to  Ohio  in  an  early  day.  He 
later  moved  to  Scott  county,  Iowa,  where  he  made  his  home  for  twenty-two 
years,  then  moved  to  Benton  county,  this  state,  living  at  Norway  the  rest 
of  their  lives.  He  died  there  on  June  4,  1901  ;  his  widow  is  still  living,  hav- 
ing reached  the  age  of  seventy-eight  years. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Thiel  six  children  have  been  born,  namely :  Michael' 
John,  Margaret.  John  Ger^rge,  Mary  Elizabeth  and  Mary,  the  last  named 
being  deceased. 

Mr.  Thiel's  beautiful  residence,  a  view  of  which  graces  this  work,  was 
erected  by  himself,  and  in  it  the  spirit  of  hospitality  and  good  cheer  is  ever 
in  evidence.  The  barns  and  outbuildings  are  up  to  date  and  are  all  under 
paint,  and  the  entire  farm  is  considered  a  model  one  in  every  respect.  He 
deserves  great  credit  for  what  he  has  accomplished.  When  he  came  to 
Davenport,  Iowa,  on  November  22.  1880,  his  cash  capital'  amounted  to  five 
cents.  A  Mr.  Eckard  paid  his  board  for  three  days  and  he  then  worked  two 
days  at  picking  corn.     He  then  hired  out   for  three  months,   receiving  ten 


762  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

dollars  for  the  period ;  and  during  the  following  three  years  he  was  employed 
at  a  wage  of  eighte'en  dollars  a  month.  He  then  started  farming  on  his 
own  account,  boarding  for  three  years,  and  then  married.  At  that  time  he 
moved  to  a  farm  of  two  hundred  and  fifty  acres  at  Dixon,  Iowa,  and  after 
he  had  the  place  equipped  he  found  himself  twenty-two  hundred  dollars  in 
debt.  But  by  his  own  careful  management  and  the  co-operation  of  his  wife, 
he  has  steadily  pushed  his  way  forward  and  is  now  numbered  among  the 
leading  farmers  of  Iowa. 


JOHN  JOSEPH  LOGAN. 

From  the  beautiful  and  far-famed  Emerald  Isle  comes  the  genial  gentle- 
man whose  life  record  is  here  briefly  set  forth;  from  the  clime  of  the  fanciful 
Thomas  Moore  and  the  patriotic  Charles  Stewart  Parnell ;  from  the  land  where 
glisten  the  waters  of  Killarney  and  where  sweeps  the  placid  river  Lee.  Such 
men  are  always  desirable  citizens,  for  they  are  not  only  congenial  and  cheerful 
in  all  situations,  but  also  men  of  action.  John  Joseph  Logan,  who  is  one  of 
the  well  known  contractors  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  is  a  fitting  type  of  such  citizens. 
He  was  born  in  county  Mayo,  Ireland,  March  22,  1866,  and  is  the  son  of  Mar- 
tin J.  Logan,  who  was  born  and  reared  in  Ireland  and  who  came  to  America 
in  1873.  He  located  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  he  sent  for  his  family  in  1875. 
He  had  located  on  a  farm  near  Clinton  and  later  he  moved  to  a  farm  in  Center 
township,  this  county.  In  1883  he  moved  to  Clinton  and  here  worked  as  a 
teamster  for  several  years.  His  death  occurred  on  May  i,  1909.  He  was  a 
Democrat  and  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church.  His  family  consisted  of  four 
sons  and  an  equal  number  of  daughters,  John  Joseph,  of  this  review,  being 
the  oldest;  James,  who  lived  in  Carlisle,  Iowa,  died  August  i,  1910;  Ann; 
Mary  married  D.  C.  Manning  and  lives  in  Hampshire  township,  this  county ; 
Martin  F. ;  Margaret  married  A.  J.  Nickson,  of  Aurora,  Illinois;  Dehlia; 
Hugh  B.  lives  in  Clinton. 

John  J.  Logan  was  educated  in  the  j)ublic  schools  of  Clinton  county  and 
a  business  college  at  Clinton,  thus  becoming  well  equipped  for  a  business  ca- 
reer. After  leaving  school,  in  order  to  get  a  start  he  began  working  in  a 
sawmill,  continuing  some  time,  and  then  he  was  connected  with  the  wagon 
works  of  A.  B.  Spies,  doing  millwright  work.  Then  for  a  few  years  he  fol- 
lowed contracting,  finally  forming  a  partnership  with  Butler  King  under  the 
firm  name  of  King  &  Logan,  succeeding  W.  J.  Cook  in  business.  They  did  a 
very  satisfactory  business  and  in  1904  Mr.  King  died  and  since  that  time  Mr. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  763 

Logan  has  conducted  the  business  alone  and  it  has  had  a  gradual  and  substan- 
tial growth  and  has  now  assumed  very  extensive  proportions.  Mr.  Logan  un- 
derstands thoroughly  this  line  of  work  and  he  spares  no  pains  to  please  his 
patrons  in  every  detail,  and  because  of  his  integrit}-  and  business  ability  he 
has  the  confidence  and  good  will  of  his  patrons. 

Politically,  Mr.  Logan  is  a  Democrat  and  a  member  of  the  Catholic 
church;  fraternally,  he  belongs  to  the  Knights  of  Columbus  and  the  Catholic 
Order  of  Foresters. 

Mr.  Logan  was  married  on  December  30,  1903,  to  Mary  C.  Hendsey, 
who  was  born  in  Clinton  in  1875.  Her  parents  died  when  she  was  an  infant 
and  she  was  adopted  and  assumed  an  adopted  name.  To  ]\Ir.  and  Mrs.  Logan 
one  child  has  been  born,  named  Robert  James,  whose  birth  occurred  on  Sep- 
tember 21,  1905. 


PETER  N.  PETERSEN. 

Among  the  large  class  of  progressive  and  honored  citizens  of  Clinton 
county  who  have  come  to  us  from  foreign  shores,  none  have  shown  more 
worthy  traits  of  character  or  been  more  active  in  the  business  affairs  of  the 
countv  than  the  gentleman  whose  biography  we  herewith  present.  Mr.  Peter- 
sen is  the  owner  of  a  popular  and  well  managed  groceiy  store  in  the  city  of 
Clinton,  where  he  has  won  an  envied  reputation  for  fair  dealing  and  loyalty  to 
his  adopted  country. 

Peter  N.  Petersen  was  born  August  28,  1864,  in  Schleswig-Holstein,  Ger- 
many, and  he  is  the  son  of  Nicholas  and  Lena  (Moritzen)  Petersen.  The 
father  was  a  carpenter  by  occupation,  spending  his  early  life  in  his  native 
country  and  receiving  his  education  there,  also  married  in  his  native  land. 
In  1882  he  brought  his  family  to  America  and  located  in  Clinton,  Iowa.  Here 
he  remained,  working  as  a  carpenter  until  1888,  when  he  moved  to  the  state 
of  Oregon,  where  he  bought  land  and  became  well  established,  finally  owning 
a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  eighty  acres,  and  he  and  the  rest  of  the  family 
still  live  in  that  state,  with  the  exception  of  Peter  N.  of  this  review.  The 
mother,  Mrs.  Lena  Petersen,  is  deceased.  Four  children  were  born  to  Nich- 
olas Petersen  and  wife,  namely:  Peter  N.,  of  this  review;  Christian,  who 
lives  in  Oregon ;  Lena  Klemsen  also  lives  in  that  state ;  Margaret  Dethlefs. 

Peter  N.  Petersen  grew  to  maturity  in  Germany  and  Avas  educated  in  the 
schools  of  his  native  community.  He  emigrated  to  America  with  his  parents 
when  he  was  eighteen  years  of  age.    After  reaching  Clinton,  Iowa,  he  clerked 


764  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

for  Namanny  &  Frahm,  during  which  time  he  not  only  rendered  high  class 
and  satisfactory  service,  but  also  learned  the  "ins  and  outs"  of  the  business, 
which  has  been  of  incalculable  benefit  to  him  in  later  years,  for  it  was  there 
that  he  laid  the  foundation  for  his  mercantile  life.  In  1888  he  moved  to 
Oregon  with  his  parents  and  lived  with  them  on  the  farm  there  for  eleven 
vears.  In  1899,  having  tired  of  the  West  and  believing  that  he  could  do  better 
in  Clinton,  he  returned  to  this  city  and  clerked  for  T.  S.  Petersen  in  his  gro- 
cery store  until  1906,  and  increased  the  popularity  of  this  firm  by  his  courteous 
and  considerate  treatment  of  customers.  In  that  year  he  went  into  partnership 
with  Jans  A.  Anderson,  opening  a  general  grocery  store  on  March  i,  1906, 
this  large  and  well  kept  store  being  located  at  No.  400  North  Third  street. 
They  carry  a  large  and  carefully  selected  stock  and  their  trade  has  gradually 
grown  to  large  proportions  and  they  enjoy  the  patronage  of  the  best  citizens 
of  the  city.     Politically,  Mr.  Petersen  is  a  Democrat,  but  he  has  never  sought 

public  office. 

Mr.  Petersen  was  married  on  March  22,  1900,  to  Sophia  Christine  Kroe- 
ger,  who  was  born  in  Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany,  on  June  13,  1870.  She 
came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  from  her  native  land  in  1882,  when  twelve  years  of 
age,  having  accompanied  her  parents,  Henry  and  Anna  Kroeger.  This  union 
has  been  without  issue. 


NIS  NISSEN. 


The  life  history  of  Nis  Nissen,  one  of  the  best  known  and  most  popular 
merchants  of  Clinton,  is  deemed  eminently  worthy  to  be  included  in  this  vol- 
ume along  with  the  other  representative  characters  of  Clinton  county,  partly 
because  of  its  consistency  to  the  right  and  partly  because  of  its  usefulness  and 
inspiration  to  others. 

Mr.  Nissen  is  an  American  by  adoption  only,  having  been  born  in  Ger- 
many on  October  12,  1853,  but  the  major  part  of  his  life  has  been  spent  in 
this  country.  He  is  the  son  of  John  Henry  and  Fredericka  Nissen,  the  father 
born  in  Germany  on  January  11,  1827,  and  the  latter  in  the  fatherland  in 
1829.  The  father  was  a  laborer  and  spent  his  entire  life  in  his  native  land. 
His  family  consisted  of  three  sons  and  two  daughters,  namely :  John,  Martin, 
Mrs.  Anna  Anderson,  Christina,  who  died  in  Germany,  and  the  subject. 

Nis  Nissen  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  of  Germany.  There  he 
grew  to  maturity  and  took  up  farming  for  a  livelihood.  Believing  that  greater 
opportunities  awaited  him  in  the  new  world,  he  bade  farewell  to  his  parental 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  765 

roof-tree,  when  lie  was  nineteen  years  of  age,  and  emigrated  to  our  shores, 
coming-  direct  to  the  state  of  Ilhnois.  where  he  worked  on  a  farm  for  a  period 
of  four  years.  He  came  to  CHnton.  Iowa,  in  1877,  and  W'Orked  on  a  farm 
for  some  time.  He  sHved  his  money  and  was  all  the  while  casting  about  for 
something  more  agreeable  and  remunerating,  so  in  1886  he  launched  out  into 
the  mercantile  business,  forming  a  partnership  with  B.  M.  Jacobsen.  under  the 
firm  name  of  Xissen  &  Jacobsen.  They  opened  a  dry  goods  and  shoe  store  on 
First  avenue  and  Second  street,  which  they  maintained  for  a  period  of  sixteen 
years,  enjoying  a  very  liberal  patronage  with  the  city  and  surrounding  coun- 
try. Then  for  a  period  of  five  years  they  conducted  their  store  at  Fifth  ave- 
nue and  Third  street.  This  partnership  continued  verv-  much  to  the  mutual 
advantage  of  both  until  1907,  when  it  was  dissolved,  and  since  then  Mr.  Nis- 
sen  has  operated  alone  a  very  popular  store  at  No.  112  South  Fourth  street, 
carrying  a  large,  carefully  selected  and  tastily  arranged  stock  of  dr}^  goods, 
shoes  and  men's  furnishing  goods.  He  is  regarded  as  among  the  most  pro- 
gressive merchants  of  this  city,  and  enjoys  a  very  large  trade  among  the  Ger- 
mans and  the  Danes.  Mr.  Nissen  and  his  family  belong  to  the  German  Luth- 
eran church,  and  he  is  a  member  of  the  German  Society  and  the  Turners. 

On  May  10.  1881,  Mr.  Nissen  was  married  to  Margaret  Hass,  w^ho  was 
born  in  Germany  on  June  7,  1858,  and  there  she  grew  to  maturity  and  was 
educated.  She  came  to  America  in  about  1879.  This  union  has  resulted  in 
the  birth  of  the  following  children:  Carl  H..  who  is  in  business  with  his 
father;  Freda,  Alma  and  Louisa.  This  is  one  of  the  popular  and  highly  re- 
spected families  of  Clinton  and  numbers  hosts  of  warm  personal  friends. 


JAMES  BRODERICK. 

The  profession  of  hotel  keeping  requires  a  peculiar  fitness  and  much  ex- 
perience in  order  to  succeed.  There  is  a  large  force  of  servants  and  employes 
to  oversee,  the  kind  and  quality  of  food  served  must  be  the  subject  of  care,  and 
the  tastes  of  the  public  constantly  regarded.  And  these  are  not  the  least  diffi- 
cult of  problems,  for  if  it  is  a  task  for  the  mistress  of  a  private  establishment 
to  keep  it  properly  cared  for  by  her  servants,  how  much  greater  must  be  the 
task  of  the  hotel  keeper,  whose  success  must  depend  on  the  efficiency  of  his 
employes  in  lines  in  which  efficient  help  is  the  hardest  to  secure.  ]\Ir.  Brode- 
rick  seems  to  have  mastered  the  problems  of  hotel  keeping,  from  the  manner  in 
w^hich  his  establishments  have  been  carried  on. 


766  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

James  Broderick  was  born  on  October  4,  1866,  in  Hokah,  Minnesota, 
the  son  of  William  and  Mary  Broderick,  who  lived  and  died  on  a  farm  in  the 
above-named  state.  James  Broderick  was  given  a  common  school  education 
and  then  went  to  live  on  a  farm  near  Sioux  Falls,  South  Dakota,  owned  by 
his  uncle,  where  he  worked  until  twenty-two.  Then  he  went  to  work  on  the 
Chicago,  St.  Paul,  Milwaukee  &  Omaha  railroad,  with  which  company  he  spent 
twelve  years  as  brakeman  and  engineer.  He  then  came  to  Clinton  and  opened 
the  Tenth  Avenue  House,  which  he  operated  for  three  years  successfully. 
When  the  Northwestern  shops  and  round  house  were  moved  in  1902  to  Cam- 
anche  avenue,  he  built  the  Northwestern  Hotel  on  the  same  avenue,  and  owing 
to  his  extensive  business  was  compelled  to  buy  a  large  residence  at  No.  724 
Camanche  avenue,  to  help  take  care  of  the  trade.  He  kept  this  house  until 
March  12,  1910,  when  he  leased  the  Revere  House,  which  he  remodeled,  and 
now  has  one  of  the  best  hotels  in  the  city,  with  sixty-five  rooms,  eight  of  which 
are  equipped  "with  private  baths,  and  are  always  full.  His  cuisine  has  at- 
tracted many  table  boarders,  in  which  he  enjoys  a  good  trade.  On  May  i  of 
the  present  year  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  railway  put  him  in  charge  of  their 
eating  house  in  the  yards  at  Clinton  and  since  that  he  has  also  taken  the 
Northwestern  Hotel  at  Fulton,  Iowa,  which  he  opened  December  12,  19 10. 
After  operating  for  two  months  the  company  has  added  fifty  more  rooms.  He 
opened  the  hotel  at  Janesville,  Wisconsin,  on  November  i,  19 10,  close  to  the 
Northwestern  yards  at  South  Janesville.  The  local  lodge  of  Elks  includes  him 
among  its  charter  members. 

In  1891  Mr.  Broderick  was  married  to  Tillie  Johnson,  a  native  of  Sioux 
Falls.  South  Dakota,  and  they  have  one  child,  a  daughter,  Evelyn.  Mr.  Brode- 
rick is  one  of  the  progressive  and  enterprising  citizens  of  Clinton  of  the  type 
which  has  developed  the  city. 


EMIL  DIEBNER. 


To  the  average  man,  so-called  success  is  the  reward  of  persistent  striv- 
ing and  grim  determination.  It  is  sometimes  gained  through  selfish  rivalry 
and  competition,  and  frequently  is  attained  by  the  aid  of  "pull,"  preference 
and  influence.  So  powerful  and  necessary  seem  these  aids  that  the  one  who 
cannot  command  them  is  often  disheartened  at  his  prospects  of  success.  But 
some  men,  like  Emil  Diebner,  now  living  retired  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  have 
learned  how  to  achieve  true  success  through  the  wisdom  of  which  Solomon 


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said,  "Length  of  days  is  in  her  right  hand,  and  in  her  left  riches  and  honor." 
Mr.  Diebner  was  born  in  Germany,  March  23,  1830,  and  he  is  the  son  of 
Cai-l  August  and  Mary  (Hoffnoster)  Diebner,  the  father  born  on  June  5, 
1 79 1,  and  died  in  1841  in  his  native  country.  The  mother  was  bom  on  July 
2,  1793.  The  father  became  well  educated  and  he  taught  school  in  the  father- 
land for  a  period  of  twenty-seven  years. 

Emil  Diebner  is  the  only  one  living  of  a  family  of  seven  children.  He 
went  to  school  to  his  father  until  he  was  twelve  years  old,  or  until  the  death 
of  the  elder  Diebner.  After  leaving  school  the  son  served  an  apprenticeship 
of  three  years  at  the  cabinetmaker's  trade,  and  when  twenty  years  of  age  he 
went  into  the  Prussian  army  and  sers^ed  every  day  for  a  period  of  two  years. 
In  the  spring  of  1853  he  came  to  America  and  worked  in  New  York  as  a 
cabinetmaker  for  a  year  or  more,  then  turned  his  attention  to  general  carpen- 
tering. He  came  to  Chicago  and  worked  at  the  carpenter's  trade  until  1856, 
then  his  employer,  William  Wentworth.  brought  Mr.  Diebner  to  Clinton  and 
he  worked  for  him  until  the  panic  of  1857.  Since  that  time  Mr.  Diebner  has 
worked  for  himself  at  carpentering  and  building-.  His  mother  lived  with  him 
here  until  1865,  dying-  on  October  ist  of  that  year.  When  the  subject  came 
to  Clinton  there  were  only  about  two  dozen  houses  on  Front  street.  He  has 
lived  to  see  the  town  grow  to  a  thriving  city  and  has  taken  a  conspicuous  part 
in  its  growth.  Although  now  advanced  in  years,  Mr.  Diebner  is  well  pre- 
served, hale  and  hearty  and  still  does  some  work.  His  long  and  active  life 
has  been  due.  in  large  measure,  no  doubt,  to  the  fact  that  he  has  always  been 
careful  of  his  personal  habits  and  has  taken  excellent  care  of  himself.  Al- 
though he  has  taken  a  great  interest  in  the  affairs  of  Clinton  and  vicinity  he 
would  never  run  for  alderman,  although  frequently  asked  to  do  so.  After  the 
death  of  his  mother,  he  went  to  New  Mexico  for  the  benefit  of  his  health. 
He  made  the  trip  with  four  ox  teams  and  was  well  armed,  fearing  the  Indians 
of  the  Southwest.  He  saw  many  buffalo  and  killed  sixteen  of  these  animals 
on  the  outward  trip.  He  is  a  very  interesting  talker  on  the  old  davs  and  of 
his  experiences  in  the  West.  He  mined  gold  there  and  also  worked  at  his 
trade,  and  was  very  successful  at  the  former. 

Returning-  East  for  the  purpose  of  marrying,  he  espoused,  on  March  23, 
1870,  Minnie  Gest,  who  was  born  on  December  5.  1848.  in  Germany.  She 
came  to  America  with  her  parents  when  she  was  a  young  girl.  The  following 
children  constitute  Mr.  Diebner's  family :  William  Fredrick,  Emil  Carl  and 
Minnie.  Emil  is  in  California  and  William  F.  is  engaged  in  business  at 
Eldora,  Iowa.  Their  pleasant,  substantial  and  neatly  kept  dwelling  is  at  No. 
100  North  Fourth  street.     Mr.  Diebner  also  owns  several  valuable  brick  build- 


^68  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

ings  in  the  same  block,  which  he  built  over  forty  years  ago.  He  has  been  very 
successful  in  his  business  affairs  and  is  well  situated,  but  he  likes  carpentering 
so  well  that  he  still  works  occasionally  "for  old  time's  sake."  Politically,  he  is 
liberal  in  his  views. 


JOHN  E.  PURCELL. 


Conspicuous  among  the  represcTitative  business  men  of  Clinton,  Iowa, 
is  the  well-known  gentleman  whose  name  introduces  this  biographical  re- 
view. The  industrious  and  well-regulated  life  he  has  led  has  gained  for  him 
not  only  material  success,  but  the  friendship,  confidence  and  good-will  of  a 
vast  acquaintance. 

John  E.  Purcell  is  a  native  of  Clinton,  having  been  born  here  on 
April  5,  1866,  and  he  is  the  son  of  James  and  Mary  (Conner)  Purcell.  The 
father  was  born  near  Limerick,  Ireland,  and  died  in  1873,  while  the  mother's 
birth  occurred  in  Canada ;  she  is  still  living.  James  Purcell  was  a  contractor 
by  occupation  and  he  was  sixteen  years  of  age  when  he  came  to  America 
and  settled  in  southern  Illinois.  He  was  very  successful  in  his  line  of  endeavor 
and  established  a  good  home  here.  His  family  consisted  of  two  sons  and 
two  daughters,  John  E..  of  this  review,  being  the  first  in  order  of  birth; 
the  others  are  Charles  J.,  an  engineer  on  the  Northwestern  railroad;  Mrs. 
Margaret  Calnan  and  Anna. 

John  E.  Purcell  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton  and 
finished  at  St.  Mary's  school.  Leaving  the  school  room,  being  equipped  with 
a  good  practical'  education,  he  began  life  for  himself  as  clerk  in  the  grocery 
store  of  O'Donnell  &  Calnan,  where  he  remained  two  years,  during  which 
time  he  gained  many  valuable  pointers  relative  to  the  mercantile  business. 
He  then  clerked  two  years  for  the  grocery  firm  of  Hall  &  Pollard,  then  went 
to  the  store  of  S.  C.  Seaman,  where  he  remained  three  years.  He  then  went 
to  Denver,  Colorado,  and  clerked  two  years  for  the  McNamarrah  Dry  Goods 
Company,  giving  his  usual  satisfaction.  He  always  took  more  or  less  interest 
in  athletics,  especially  outdoor  sports,  and  he  played  baseball  with  the  Denver 
City  League,  and  he  was  a  member  of  a  brass  band  at  Denver.  He  then 
returned  to  Clinton  county  and  was  later  salesman  in  the  city  trade  of  Chi- 
cago for  the  Drummond  Tobacco  Company,  later  working  in  southern  Iowa. 
He  was  a  traveling  salesman  for  twelve  years  in  northern  Illinois  for  Dean 
Brothers  &  Lincoln,  wholesale  grocers,  remaining  with  them  until  they 
went  out  of  business,  being  considered  one  of  their  most  efficient  and  trust- 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  769 

worthy  employes.  Then  for  two  years  he  was  in  the  employ  of  the  Steele- 
Wecldells  Company  of  Chicago,  resigning  his  position  July  i,  1905.  He  then 
started  in  business  for  himself  at  Clinton,  Iowa,  opening  a  shoe  store  under 
the  firm  name  of  Henley  &  Purcell.  One  year  later  Mr.  Purcell  bought  out 
his  partner's  interest,  and  on  February  i,  1909,  moved  the  store  to  No.  305 
Main  street,  Lyons,  where  he  still  conducts  the  same  and  enjoys  a  very  liberal 
patronage  from  tlie  town  and  surrounding  country,  having  a  neat  and  well- 
kept  store  and  carrying  an  up-to-date  and  carefully  selected  stock*  of  goods. 

Mr.  Purcell  is  a  member  of  the  Knights  of  Columbus;  in  fact,  he  organ- 
ized the  lodge  at  Clinton,  and  was  the  first  grand  knight  and  charter  member 
of  Sterling  Council.  No.  662.  at  Sterling,  Illinois.  On  October  2,  1902.  he 
transferred  his  membership  to  St.  Edward's  Council  at  Clinton.  Politically, 
he  is  a  Democrat,  but  independent  locally,  and  he  is  a  prominent  Catholic. 

Mr.  Purcell  was  married  on  June  19,  1895,  to  Louise  Victoria  Henle, 
who  was  born  June  11,  1865,  in  Lyons,  and  is  the  daughter  of  Mathias  and 
Theresa  (  Staley)  Henle,  a  well-known  and  high  respected  family,  and  this 
union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  the  following  children  :  Theresa  Maiy, 
Louise  Marie,  Anna,  Helen  (deceased),  Josephine,  Dorothy,  Margaret  Ber- 
nardine,  Catherine  Natahe  and  Mary  Elizabeth. 


NICHOLAS  NAEVE,  JR. 

The  Naeve  family  is  eminently  deserving  in  every  respect  to  be  mentioned 
at  proper  length  in  a  history  of  Clinton  county,  owing  to  the  fact  that  its 
several  members  have  borne  the  \ery  l^est  of  reputations  and  have  been,  with- 
out exception,  industrious  and  have  done  their  full  share  in  developing  the 
county.  They  are  known  as  progressive  agriculturists  and  believe  in  keeping 
abreast  of  the  times. 

One  of  the  well  known  representatives  of  this  family  is  Nicholas  Naeve, 
Jr.,  who  has  a  valuable  and  well-kept  landed  estate  in  Hampshire  township. 
He  was  born  in  this  county,  on  April  21,  1869.  and  is  the  son  of  Nicholas 
Naeve,  Sr.,  and  Lizzie  Henicke,  both  born  in  Germany,  the  former  on  August 
23,  1832,  and  the  latter  on  May  6.  1839.  The  father  came  to  America  with 
his  parents  in  1846  or  1847,  and  this  family  located  at  Davenport,  near  which 
city  the  subject's  grandfather,  Fred  Naeve,  owned  a  farm,  and  there  Nicholas 
Naeve,  Sr.,  grew  to  maturity  and  became  a  farmer.     He  was  educated  in  the 

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770  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

schools  there,  and  he  was  married  in  that  locaHty  in  about  i860,  coming  to 
Chnton  county  soon  afterwards  and  renting  land  until  he  could  get  a  start. 
He  finally  bought  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in  Center  township  and  later 
bought  one  hundred  and  seventy  acres  in  Hampshire  township.  He  was  a 
very  successful  farmer  and  became  a  man  of  considerable  influence  in  his  com- 
munity. His  family  consisted  of  eight  sons  and  four  daughters,  namely: 
William,  deceased ;  Henry,  Mrs.  Mary  Bohaldt,  Mrs.  Louisa  Stigemann,  Fred, 
Mrs.  Anna  Ehlers.  Chris,  Nicholas,  Jr.,  Mrs.  Carrie  Schroeder  and  Albert. 

Nicholas  Naeve,  Jr.,  of  this  review,  received  his  education  in  the  public 
schools  and  he  began  very  early  to  assist  his  father  with  the  general  work  on 
the  home  farm  and  he  remained  there  with  him.  When  he  married  he  moved 
on  the  farm  of  one  hundred  and  seventy  acres  in  Hampshire  township,  which 
he  has  worked  to  advantage,  keeping  up  to  a  high  standard  of  improvement 
and  making  a  pronounced  success  of  general  farming  and  stock  raising.  He 
has  a  good  farm  and  a  veiy  comfortable  home,  and  he  believes  in  keeping 
everything  in  first  class  condition  about  his  place,  being  one  of  the  leading 
farmers  in  this  community. 

Mr.  Naeve  was  married  on  March  5,  1895  to  Mita  Aheins.  who  was  born 
in  Center  township,  this  county,  on  July  2,  1870.  She  is  the  daughter  of 
Christopher  Aheins,  a  native  of  Germany  and  one  of  the  first  settlers  of  Center 
township,  where  he  was  well  known  and  prominent  among  the  pioneers.  Here 
Mrs.  Naeve  was  reared  and  educated.  She  has  borne  her  husband  one  inter- 
esting child,  Hortensa.  whose  birth  occurred  on  October  23,  1904. 


SAMUEL  CREVELING. 

The  subject  of  this  sketch  is  an  honorable  representative  of  an  old  and 
esteemed  family  of  Clinton  county,  and  he  has  spent  his  life  in  the  homestead 
in  Hampshire  township  which  he  now  owns.  His  paternal  grandfather.  Alex 
Creveling,  was  a  native  of  Westmoreland  county.  Pennsylvania,  but  in  an 
early  day  moved  to  Ohio,  where  he  lived  for  a  number  of  years.  In  his  old 
age  he  returned  to  Pennsylvania  and  died  many  years  ago  in  the  countv  of  his 
birth.  George  W.  Creveling.  the  subject's  father,  was  born  in  Pennsylvania, 
and  about  the  year  1844  or  '45  moved  to  Iowa,  making  the  journey  by  wagon, 
and  locating  originally  in  Clinton  township,  Clinton  county.  Later  he  changed 
his  residence  to  Hampshire  township,  where  he  had  previously  bought  one 
hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land,  and  subsequently  increased  his  farm  by  pur- 


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chasing  an  additional  eighty  acres  in  the  same  locality.  In  due  time  he 
brought  his  land  to  a  high  state  of  cultivation,  made  good  improvements,  .and 
for  a  number  of  years  ranked  among  the  leading  agriculturists  and  stock 
raisers  of  his  part  of  the  county.  He  lived  a  quiet  life,  exerted  a  beneficial 
influence  among  his  neighbors,  and  all  with  whom  he  came  into  contact  spoke 
in  high  terms  of  his  many  sterling  qualities.  In  his  young  manhood,  he  mar- 
ried Catherine  Webb,  daughter  of  Thomas  Webb,  who  bore  him  five  sons  and 
three  daughters,  three  of  the  former  and  two  of  the  latter  still  living.  George 
W.  Creveling  departed  this  life  in  November,  1882,  his  good  wife  following 
him  to  the  unknown  country  beyond  death's  mystic  stream,  on  the  2nd  day 
of  December,  1891.  Thomas  Webb,  father  of  Mrs.  Creveling,  was  a  native 
of  Columbia  county,  Pennsylvania,  and  his  wife,  who  prior  to  her  marriage, 
bore  the  family  name  of  Edwards,  was  born  in  England.  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Webb  were  married  in  the  former's  native  county  and  state  and  ended  their 
lives  there,  both  dying  a  number  of  years  ago. 

Samuel  Creveling  was  bom  September  19,  1855,  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
received  a  common  school  education,  and  grew  to  maturity  on  the  family 
homestead  in  Hampshire  township,  where  he  now  lives.  He  was  reared  to 
agricultural  pursuits  and  assisted  his  father  in  the  farm  until  attaining  his 
majority,  when  he  began  life. for  himself  as  a  tiller  of  the  soil,  a  vo'cation  he 
has  followed  with  success  and  profit  to  the  present  time.  In  1883,  the  year 
following  his  father's  death,  he  bought  the  homestead  and  has  since  lived  on 
the  same,  having  made  a  number  of  substantial  improvements.  His  farm 
contains  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land,  which  in  point  of  fertility  and 
productiveness  are  not  exceeded  by  any  like  area  in  the  county,  and  which, 
under  his  efficient  labors  and  good  management,  have  been  brought  to  a  high 
state  of  cultivation,  comparing  favorably  with  the  best  farms  in  Hampshire 
township  at  the  present  time.  As  a  farmer.  ^Ir.  Creveling  is  energetic  and 
progressive,  using  modern  methods  in  cultivating  the  soil,  and  he  seldom,  if 
ever,  fails  to  realize  abundant  returns  for  his  time  and  labor.  In  connection 
with  general  agriculture,  he  devotes  considerable  attention  to  live  stock,  which 
he  finds  an  important  branch  of  farming,  and  his  success  has  been  such  that 
he  is  now  the  possessor  of  a  handsome  competency  and  in  independent  cir- 
cumstances. 

In  his  political  affiliation,  Mr.  Creveling  is  a  Republican,  and  though  well 
informed  as  to  the  leading  questions  of  the  day  and  public  matters  in  general, 
he  is  not  an  office  seeker,  preferring  the  quiet  and  contented  life  he  now  leads 
to  any  honor  within  the  power  of  his  fellow  citizens  to  bestow.  Honest  and 
straightforward  in  all  his  dealings,  and  the  soul  of  honor  in  his  relations  with 


^^2  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA, 

his  fellow-men,  his  character  has  ever  been  above   reproach,   and  wherever 
known  he  is  highlv  esteemed  for  his  high  standing  as  a  man  and  citizen. 

Mr.  Creveling  was  united  in  marriage  with  Dora  T.  Sundergard.  who  was 
born  in  Schleswig-Holstein,  (Germany,  and  \\ho  came  to  America  in  her  girl- 
hood and  grew  to  maturity  in  the  state  of  Iowa.  The  family  of  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Creveling  consists  of  four  children,  wliose  names  are  as  follows:  Samuel 
Preston,  George  W.,  Elmer  and  Lyman,  all  living  and,  with  their  parents, 
constituting  a  mutually  happy  and  prosperous  home  circle.  All  of  the  above 
sons  are  intelligent  and  well  educated,  having  been  given  the  best  school  ad- 
vantages obtainable  in  their  youth.  After  finishing  the  common  branches  in 
the  district  schools,  they  entered  successively  the  high  school  of  Lyons,  from 
which  they  were  graduated  in  due  time  with  honorable  records. 


JAMES  H.  SPENCE. 


One  of  the  leading  veterinarians  of  eastern  Iowa  is  James  H.  Spence,  of 
Clinton,  who  has  made  a  success  of  his  calling  because  he  thoroughly  prepared 
himself  for  it  and  has  worked  conscientiously  and  kept  abreast  of  modem  in- 
vestigation and  research.  He  long  ago  succeeded  in  impressing  his  strong 
personality  upon  the  people  of  Clinton  and  vicinity,  whose  interests  he  has  at 
heart  and  which  he  has  always  manifested  a  desire  to  promote.  He  is  an 
American  by  adoption  only,  having  been  born  in  London,  Ontario,  Canada, 
the  date  of  his  birth  being  September  2,  1866.  He  is  the  son  of  William 
Spence,  who  was  born  in  Scotland  in  November,  1840,  and  who  married 
Martha  Dowzer,  a  native  of  Ireland.  William  Spence  came  to  Canada  when 
a  mere  lad,  with  his  parents,  and  settled  on  a  farm  near  London,  province  of 
Ontario.  He  eventually  owned  a  farm  near  the  same  place  and  he  and  his 
wife  still  live  there,  being  very  comfortably  established.  Religiously,  the 
elder  Spence  is  a  Presbyterian,  as  are,  in  fact,  the  other  members  of  the  fam- 
ilv.     He  is  a  member  of  the  United  Workmen  lodge. 

James  H.  Spence.  of  this  review,  is  the  oldest  of  a  family  of  five  sons 
and  two  daughters,  the  others  being  William  D.,  John  Charles,  Robert  N., 
Walter  L.,  Mrs.  Clara  Uren  and  Mrs.  Edna  McFarlan. 

The  gentleman  whose  name  heads  this  review  was  educated  in  the  public 
schools  of  his  native  community  in  Ontario,  Canada,  and  he  remained  on  his 
father's  farm  until  he  was  twenty  years  old,  then  attended  the  Ontario  Vet- 
erinary College  at  Toronto,  Canada,  where  he  made  a  splendid  record  and 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  773 

from  which  institution  he  was  graduated  in  the  class  of  1890.  He  located  at 
Wyoming,  Ontario,  where  he  remained  one  year,  then  in  December,  189 1,  he 
came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  he  has  had  a  very  successful  practice  ever  since, 
with  a  gradual  increase  from  year  to  year  until  he  is  recognized  at  present  as 
the  best  veterinary  surgeon  in  Clinton  county.  He  keeps  w^ell  posted  on  cur- 
rent events,  especially  along  scientific  lines  and  in  all  matters  pertaining  to  his 
profession.  Although  he  is  a  Democrat,  his  ability  was  recognized  by  the  Re- 
publican administration  and  he  was  appointed  assistant  state  veterinarian.  He 
was  also  appointed  by  the  federal  government  examiner  of  stock  for  exporta- 
tion to  Canada,  and  this  position  he  continues  to  hold  to  the  entire  satisfac- 
tion of  all  concerned.  His  office  is  located  at  the  Hart  livery  stables,  Nos. 
117-121  Sixth  avenue,  Clinton,  Iowa.  He  is  always  kept  busy  and  his  patrons 
come  from  remote  districts. 

Doctor  Spence  is  a  member  of  the  Presbyterian  church,  and,  fraternally, 
he  belongs  to  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows,  the  Masons,  the  Mod- 
ern Woodmen,  the  National  Union  and  the  Mystic  Workers.  He  takes  a 
lively  interest  in  fraternal  affairs  and  is  prominent  in  lodge  matters. 

Doctor  Spence  was  married  March  8,  1894,  to  Josephine  Hall,  w^ho  was 
born  in  Wheatland,  this  county,  June  26,  1874.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Abra- 
ham and  Rhoda  (Schneider)  Hall,  who  are  still  living  at  Wheatland.  Mr. 
Hall,  who  is  retired,  having  formerly  been  in  the  lumber  business,  came  to 
Clinton  county  after  the  Civil  war.  in  which  he  was  government  photographer 
in  the  United  States  armv  and  afterwards  a  soldier. 


WILLIAM  H.  McKENNA. 

The  Irish  have  the  qualities  which  l>ring  them  to  the  front  everywhere 
if  but  a  chance  is  given  them.  Chances  have  been  few^  and  far  between  for 
them  in  their  native  country,  but  in  this  country  they  have  found  many  op- 
portunities and  have  taken  advantage  of  them.  Mr.  IMcKenna,  a  young  man, 
born  in  Ireland,  without  advantages,  is  an  eloquent  example  of  the  indomitable 
Irish  spirit,  for  by  his  own  efforts  he  has  raised  himself  to  an  enviable  position 
and  has  ser^^ed  the  county  of  his  adoption  well  in  public  office. 

William  H.  McKenna  was  born  on  July  24,  1869,  in  county  Tyrone, 
Ireland,  the  son  of  Charles  and  Sarah  f  Alalone)  McKenna.  His  grandpar- 
ents were  farmers  in  Ireland  and  spent  their  lives  there.  His  parents  came 
to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in   1880  and  settled  in  Center  Grove,  Washington 


774  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

township,  and  three  years  later  removed  to  Clinton,  where  his  father  died 
January  7,  1907.  and  his  mother  now  lives.  Charles  McKenna  was  popular 
among  his  fellows,  and  was  a  strong  adherent  of  the  Democratic  party.  To 
the  last  he  was  faithful  to  the  Catholic  religion  of  his  fathers. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Charles  McKenna  were  the  parents  of  eight  children: 
Katherine,  who  married  Bryan  Manny,  a  farmer  living  in  Cuyahoga  county, 
Ohio:  William  H. ;  James,  a  motorman  in  Clinton;  Hannah,  who  married 
fohn  Doherty,  who  is  operating  a  typewriter  agency  in  Chicago;  Anna,  who 
was  trained  as  a  nurse  at  Mercy  Hospital,  at  Davenport,  and  married  J.  L. 
Tracy,  a  switchman  for  the  Northwestern  railroad  in  Clinton ;  Margie,  who 
married  James  Dillon,  and  died  in  December,  1905  ;  Edward,  an  electrician  in 
Chicago;  and  John  C.  who  is  connected  with  his  brother-in-law,  Mr.  Doherty, 
in  the  typewriter  agency.     The  sons  are  all  Democrats. 

William  H.  McKenna  attended  the  Christian  Brothers  school  at  Omagh, 
county  Tyrone,  Ireland,  and  the  common  schools  of  Clinton  county  and  Clin- 
ton. When  about  fifteen  he  began  working  in  W.  J.  Young's  saw  mill,  receiv- 
ing sixty  cents  per  day  at  first.  He  continued  in  the  saw^mill  for  five  years, 
then  worked  for  the  grocery  firm  of  Hayes  &  Murphy  until  March,  i'898.  In 
that  month  Mr.  McKenna,  stirred  with  the  spirit  of  patriotism  towards  his 
adopted  country,  enlisted  in  Company  L,  Forty-ninth  Regiment  Iowa  Volun- 
teers, and  served  through  the  Spanish-American  war.  His  regiment  was 
sent  to  Cuba  in  December.  1898,  and  remained  on  patrol  and  guard  duty  there 
until  May  13.  1899.  This  regiment  was  under  the  command  of  Gen.  Fitzhugh 
Lee  and  Colonel  Dowes.  Mr.  McKenna  was  detailed  as  commissary  clerk  and 
seiwed  in  that  capacity  throughout  the  greater  portion  of  his  enlistment. 

On  his  return  from  the  war  Mr.  McKenna  re-entered  the  employ  of 
Hayes  &  Murphy,  but  after  two  years  went  into  the  grocery  business  in  part- 
nership with  P.  H.  McCarthy,  under  the  firm  name  of  McCarthy  &  McKenna. 
In  1908  he  sold  his  interest  to  Mr.  McCarthy's  son.  The  Democratic  party 
nominated  Mr.  McKenna  for  the  office  of  recorder  of  Clinton  county  in  1906; 
be  was  successful  in  tlie  election  and  has  since  that  time  administered  the 
duties  of  the  position  in  a  conscientious  and  impartial  manner.  He  has  won 
the  respect  of  the  public  for  his  efficiency  and  has  added  many  to  his  already 
large  list  of  friends.     He  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church. 

On  June  8,  1899,  Mr.  McKenna  was  married  to  Edith  M.  Sill,  the  daugh- 
ter of  Charles  and  Elizabeth  (Blessing)  Sill,  born  at  Lisbon,  Iowa,  June  8, 
1874.  Her  father  was  a  merchant  at  Lisbon,  and  died  when  Edith  was  three 
years  old :  her  mother  lives  on  Camanche  avenue  in  Clinton.  To  this  mar- 
riage three  children  have  been  born,  Marion  Elinor,  July   10,   1900;  Margie 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  775 

Elizabeth,  December  17.  1905;  Maiy  Edith,  March  ii,  1907.     They  are  very 
bright  and  interesting  Httle  girls. 

Mr.  McKenna  stands  high  in  the  regard  of  the  people  of  his  county,  and 
has  won  an  enviable  success  for  a  young  man  whose  early  circumstances  were 
less  than  ordinarily  favorable,  but  which,  thanks  to  his  ability,  did  not  hold 
him  down. 


ROBERT  GEORGE  BRUMER. 

Deserving  the  many  successes  that  have  come  to  him,  Robert  George 
Brumer,  one  of  the  best  known  jewelers  in  Clinton  county,  may  well  antici- 
pate greater  reward  further  along  in  life's  journey,  being  now  in  the  prime  of 
manhood.  He  is  held  in  highest  esteem  throughout  this  locality,  for  he  has 
been  honorable  and  upright  at  all  times. 

Mr.  Brumer  is  of  German  descent  and  was  born  at  Pekin,  Illinois,  on 
August  30,  i860.  He  is  the  son  of  Ferdinand  and  Louisa  (Hoelscher) 
Brumer,  both  born  in  Germany,  the  father  on  Januaiy  3,  1832,  and  the  mother 
on  May  24.  1834.  They  grew  to  maturity  and  were  educated  there,  but  came 
to  America  single,  Mr.  Brumer  coming  to  New  Orleans  in  1850  and  two  years 
later  he  lived  at  St.  Louis  for  a  short  time.  He  was  married  at  Charleston, 
South  Carolina,  and  finally  moved  to  Pekin.  Illinois,  in  the  middle  of  the 
fifties  and  he  conducted  a  flouring  mill  there  during  the  Civil  war.  Earlier  in 
life  he  had  engaged  in  merchandising.  He  served  in  the  Union  army  for  a 
time  in  the  early  sixties,  having  enlisted  in  an  Illinois  volunteer  infantry  regi- 
ment, and  he  saw  some  hard  service,  being  wounded  by  a  bayonet  thrust.  In 
1868  he  returned  to  Gennany,  taking  his  family  and,  retiring  from  business, 
he  lived  there  until  his  death.  His  family  consisted  of  four  sons,  namely: 
Louis,  now  deceased;  Robert  George,  of  this  review;  Gustav  A.,  and  Ulysses 
S.,  living  in  DeWitt,  Iowa. 

Robert  G.  Brumer,  of  this  review,  was  eight  years  old  when  his  parents 
moved  to  Germany  from  Illinois  and  he  received  a  good  education  in  the 
public  schools  and  high  schools  of  the  fatherland.  Early  in  life  he  began 
learning  the  watchmaker's  trade  and  he  visited  other  countries  of  Europe  in 
order  to  complete  his  education  in  that  line.  Thus  well  equipped  for  his 
chosen  life  work,  he  returned  to  America,  locating  in  Clinton.  Iowa,  in  1880, 
and  he  began  to  work  for  E.  H.  Howes  in  a  jewelry  store.  In  1886  he  and 
his  brother  Gustav  foiTned  a  partnership  and  opened  a  jewelry  store  in  the 
Davis  block  on  Second  street,  under  the  firm  name  of  Brumer  Brothers.     In 


776  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

1887  they  moved  to  their  present  location  on  Fifth  avenue.  They  started  in 
a  small  way  in  their  original  store,  but  by  judicious  management  and  honest 
and  courteous  treatment  of  their  thousands  of  customers  during  the  past  quar- 
ter of  a  centur}^  they  have  built  a  large  and  ever-growing  trade  and  have  one 
of  the  best  known  stores  of  this  kind  in  the  county.  They  carry  a  large  and 
full  line  of  jewelry,  in  fact,  everything  commonly  found  in  the  best  and  up- 
to-date  jewelry  stores.  They  do  a  high  grade  of  goldsmithing  and  all  kinds 
of  repair  work  on  watches,  etc.  The  Brumer  Brothers  also  carry  on  and 
manage  the  Eurema  Company,  which  was  organized  about  1900.  They  manu- 
facture a  soldering  fluid  used  in  fusing  gold,  requiring  very  little  heat.  The 
owners  got  the  idea  of  this  excellent  fluid  from  their  early  education  among  the 
goldsmiths  of  Germany  and  Switzerland.  The  products  of  the  Eurema  Com- 
pany have  a  very  wide  sale  and  are  handled  by  every  jobber  in  the  United 
States. 

Robert  G.  Brumer  is  prominent  in  lodge  circles,  being  a  chapter  Mason 
at  Clinton  and  a  member  of  every  lodge  in  this  city.  On  September  22,  1885, 
he  was  married  to  Elizabeth  Flick,  who  was  born  in  Germany  on  July  31, 
1862,  and  this  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  three  children,  Ferdinand  Rob- 
ert, Gustav  A.  and  Herbert  Bismark. 


MARTIN   INGWERSEN. 

Herein  is  mentioned  one  of  the  successful  business  men  of  Clinton,  who 
has  made  himself  known  and  felt  in  the  business  world  outside  of  his  city, 
and  has  been  prominent  in  the  councils  of  his  fellows  of  the  same  business 
throughout  the  state.  He  has  done  much  to  bring  about  between  those  en- 
gaged in  similar  businesses  something  of  co-operation  and  of  that  working 
together  for  general  business  betterment,  which  can  not  fail  in  making  con- 
ditions better  for  both  producer  and  consumer.  He  is  another  of  those  Ger- 
man immigrants  who  have  by  their  own  efforts  achieved  prosperity  in  busi- 
ness, starting  with  nothing  and  beginning  life  as  a  laborer.  Certainly  such 
a  career  shows  the  possession  of  more  than  ordinary  powers  to  cope  with 
the  difficulties  of  life. 

Martin  Tngwersen  was  born  in  Germany,  June  16,  i860,  the  son  of 
I.  M.  and  Margaret  (Soenksen)  Tngwersen.  His  parents  were  born  in  Ger- 
many, and  there  his  father  died  in  1893,  and  his  mother  in  1881.  They  were 
the  parents  of  three  children,  of  whom  all  are  living.     The  father  lived  a 


MARTIN  INGWERSEN 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  'J'JJ 

quiet  life,  giving  his  attention  entirely  to  his  occupation,  of  which  he  was 
very  fond.    He  left  to  his  children  the  heritage  of  a  strong  character. 

Martin  Ingwersen  attended  the  common  schools,  was  reared  on  the 
farm,  and  served  three  years  in  the  German  cavalry,  a  valuable  experience. 
In  the  spring  of  1883  he  came  to  America  and  located  in  Clinton  county.  He 
first  worked  on  a  farm,  then  in  a  sawmill,  beginning  in  this  humble  manner. 
He  was  next  in  the  employ  of  the  Standard  Oil  Company,  and  later  obtained 
a  position  in  the  bottling  establishment  of  Arlen  &  Son  of  Clinton.  In  1890, 
Charles  Arlen,  Sr.,  the  founder  of  the  business,  died  and  Alartin  became  a 
partner  with  Edward  A.  Arlen,  and  this  partnership  still  continues.  The 
business  has  increased  to  very  large  proportions  since  then,  and  is  one 
of  the  leading  establishments  of  the  city.  It  is  located  at  No.  600  South 
First  street.  Mr.  Ingwersen  is  also  engaged  in  the  coal  and  wood  business, 
which  adds  a  handsome  profit  to  his  income.  He  has  been  among  the  most 
active  in  building  up  the  Iowa  State  Bottlers'  Association,  and  the  Iowa 
Liquor  Dealers'  Association,  and  has  been  president  of  both  these  organiza- 
tions and  represents  them  both  on  the  national  executive  boards.  In  politics, 
he  is  a  Democrat.  Both  he  and  his  wife  are  members  of  the  German  Lutheran 
church.  In  fraternal  relations  he  is  a  member  of  the  Knights  of  Pythias, 
and  holds  the  office  of  colonel  in  the  LTniform  Rank.  He  also  belongs  to  the 
Elks,  the  Eagles,  the  German  Society,  and  the  Turner  Society. 

Mr.  Ingwersen  was  married  in  1886  to  Marie  Carstensen,  a  native  of 
Iowa.  To  their  union  three  children  were  born  :  Andrea,  Avorking  in  his 
father's  office;  Paul,  employed  in  Denver:  and  Ella,  working  in  her  father's 
office.  Marie  Ingwersen  died  in  1891.  and  ]\Ir.  Ingwersen  later  married 
Frances  Moeser,  also  a  native  of  Clinton  county.  She  is  the  mother  of  three 
children  :  Hugo,  a  student  at  AVartburg  College ;  Mollie.  in  the  public  schools, 
and  Frieda. 

Mr.  Ingwersen  is  a  man  of  recognized  and  unquestioned  business  ability 
of  a  high  order,  and  a  citizen  of  much  public  spirit. 


ROBERT  D.   COOPER. 

One  of  the  best  known  and  most  influential  men  in  Hampshire  township 
is  Robert  D.  Cooper,  owner  of  the  widely  known  Brookside  farm,  Avho  lived 
to  see  and  take  part  in  the  wonderful  development  that  has  characterized 
Clinton  county,  having  always  stood  ready  to  aid  in  whatever  way  he  could 


7^8  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  furthering  of  all  worthy  objects  looking  to  the  general  good,  and  he  is 
therefore  held  in  the  highest  esteem  by  all  who  know  him.  He  comes  to  us 
from  the  Atlantic  seaboard,  having  been  born  near  Bernington.  New  Jersey, 
April  I,  1849,  ^"d  he  is  the  son  of  James  and  Charlotte  (Snyder)  Cooper, 
both  natives  of  the  state  of  New  Jersey,  the  father  born  in  the  vicinity  of 
Bernington  on  February  10,  1826. 

In  i860  James  Cooper  brought  his  family  west  to  Illinois  and  then  set- 
tled near  Peoria,  and  remained  there  one  year,  then  they  came  to  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  in  the  fall  of  1861.  The  father  bought  eighty  acres  in  Center 
township.  Later  he  sold  out  and  bought  another  farm  of  one  hundred  and 
forty  acres  in  Lincoln  township,  one  mile  south  of  his  first  place.  In  1895 
he  rented  his  place  and  moved  to  Clinton  and  retired.  His  death  occurred  in 
July,  1901,  and  that  of  his  wife  thirty-one  years  previously,  in  1870.  He 
was  a  member  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church.  Only  two  of  his  children 
survive.  ]\Iary  Alice  and  Robert  D.  of  this  review. 

Robert  D.  Cooper  received  his  first  schooling  in  New  Jersey  and  finished 
in  Iowa.  After  leaving  school  he  remained  on  his  father's  farm  until  he  was 
twenty-two  years  of  age.  He  started  in  life  for  himself  by  buying  eighty 
acres  in  Hampshire  township  and  he  has  been  a  farmer  ever  since.  In  1875 
he  bought  a  farm  of  eighty  acres  in  Hampshire  township,  which  he  added 
to  his  former  purchase,  and  he  now  has  three  eighties  together.  He  has 
placed  all  modern  and  substantial  buildings  on  his  farm  and  has  it  well  im- 
proved in  every  particular.     He  has  been  very  successful  as  a  general  farmer. 

Mr.  Cooper  was  married  on  December  25,  1871,  to  Betsy  Ann  Ashpole, 
who  was  born  in  Ohio,  September  27,  1853.  She  is  the  daughter  of  John 
and  Jane  Ashpole.  who  came  from  England  in  1845  ^"^1  located  in  Ohio. 
Later  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1850.  making  the  long  journey  overland 
with  wagon  and  team. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Cooper  the  following  children  have  been  born :  Char- 
lotte Jane,  born  on  February  15.  1873.  married  George  R.  Housen  October 
4,  1893,  and  they  have  one  son.  Robert  John  ;  \A^alter  B..  born  February  24, 
1878.  was  married  December  14.  1899,  to  Ida  Egland.  of  Lincoln  township, 
and  they  have  four  children,  Oliver  R.,  Walter  J..  .Artliur  B.  and  Burnice  A. ; 
Mabel  Grace,  born  February  23.  1887;  Albert  Earl.  l)orn  November  2^,  1891. 

Mr.  Cooper  is  a  memljer  of  the  ^Methodist  Episcopal  church  and  in  poli- 
tics he  is  a  Republican.  He  lias  held  all  the  townshi]!  offices  and  is  prominent 
in  local  affairs. 

Mr.  Cooper  is  a  well  informed  man  and  he  is  looked  upon  by  his  neigh- 
l>ors  as  a  leader  and  ad\-iser.  his  past  honoral)le  and  successful  record  \\arrant- 


CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  779 

ing  their  utmost  confidence.  His  example  is  followed  in  reference  to  markets, 
etc.  He  has  been  greatly  assisted  in  his  successful  life  work  by  his  wife,  who 
is  a  woman  of  superior  ability  in  many  respects,  and  much  of  his  success  has 
been  due  to  licr  judicious  counsel  and  encouragement. 


HENRY  LINDMEIER. 

Another  of  the  young  farmers  of  Hampshire  township,  Clinton  county, 
who  is  one  of  the  foremost  citizens  of  his  locality  is  Henry  Lindmeier.  who 
has  established  a  firm  reputation  for  honesty  of  purpose  in  all  his  dealings 
with  his  fellow  man  and  by  being  the  advocate  of  clean  and  wholesome  prin- 
ciples in  the  home,  society  and  politics.  He  has  the  sterling  traits  character- 
istic of  his  family,  which  is  of  German  blood,  he  being  of  the  second  genera- 
tion in  America,  and  his  birth  occurred  in  Hampshire  township,  Clinton 
county.  Iowa,  on  the  home  place,  December  29.  1885.  He  is  the  son  of  John 
H.  and  Margaret  (Greve)  Lindmeier,  both  born  in  Germany,  the  father  in 
1835,  ^^'^^^  his  death  occurred  in  1906. 

John  H.  Lindmeier  grew  to  maturity  in  his  native  land  and  was  educated 
there.  In  1856  he  emigrated  to  America  and  first  worked  about  Chicago  for 
awhile,  hiring  out  at  various  pursuits  until  he  was  married,  after  which  he 
bought  two  hundred  and  twenty  acres  in  Hampshire  township,  Clinton  county, 
and  in  later  years  bought  sixty  acres  more.  He  improved  his  land  and  en- 
gaged in  general  farming  and  stock  raising,  being  quite  an  extensi\e  cattle 
feeder.  He  laid  by  a  competency  and  had  a  very  comfortable  home  by  renson 
of  his  industr}',  honesty  and  persistency. 

To  John  H.  Lindmeier  and  wife  the  following  children  were  born : 
Mrs.  Anna  Bremer:  Emil  and  John,  both  deceased;  Otto,  William,  Mrs. 
Emma  Hansen.  George,  Ella;  Henry,  of  this  review,  being  the  youngest  of 
the  family. 

Mr.  Lindmeier  attended  high  school  at  Lyons,  where  he  made  a  splendid 
record  for  scholarship  and  from  which  institution  he  was  graduated  in  1903. 
He  later  attended  the  Towa  Agricultural  College  at  Ames,  where  he  took  a 
special  course  in  agriculture  and  well  qualified  himself  for  his  life  work,  after 
which  he  returned  to  the  farm  and  has  since  devoted  his  attention  exclusively 
to  this  line  of  endea^'or,  applying  to  the  soil  modern  and  most  approved  agri- 
cultural metliods,  so  that  quite  naturally  he  reaps  the  greatest  results  possible 
and  only  a  cursory  glance  over  his  splendidlv  kept  place  is  sufficient  to  show 


-rgO  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

that  his  ideas  are  not  onl}^  the  most  practical  but  the  most  artistic  and  al- 
too-ether  desirable.  Although  a  young  man,  he  could  teach  many  of  the  old 
pioneers  a  thing  or  two  in  the  way  of  scientific  and  practical  farming,  and, 
judging  by  the  strides  he  has  made  in  the  past,  it  is  safe  to  predict  that  the 
future  holds  much  of  success  in  store  for  him.  He  has  a  cozy,  neat  and  at- 
tractively located  dwelling  and  substantial  outbuildings.  Everything  about 
him  shows  the  exercise  of  good  taste  and  industry  as  well.  Mr.  Lindmeier 
makes  a  specialty  of  raising  Poland-China  hogs  and  they  are  of  such  superior 
quality  that  they  find  a  very  ready  sale. 

On  August  31,  1909,  Mr.  Lindmeier  was  married  to  Anna  Carstensen, 
who  was  born  in  Greene  county.  Iowa,  on  March  31,  1889.  the  daughter  of 
August  and  Mary  (Nahnson)  Carstensen,  an  early  settler  there  and  a  highly 
respected  citizen.  Mrs.  Lindmeier  is  a  young  lady  of  many  estimable  traits, 
and.  like  her  husband,  is  popular  with  a  wide  circle  of  friends. 

Mr.  Lindmeier  is  a  pleasant  man  to  meet,  genial,  wholesouled,  a  good 
conversationalist,  well  posted  on  agriculture,  horticulture  and  kindred  sub- 
jects, as  well  as  the  current  topics  of  the  day  and  with  the  world's  best  litera- 
ture. His  ideals  and  ideas  are  high ;  he  applies  his  education  to  his  practical 
afifairs  and  finds  that  it  pays  both  in  convenience  and  pecuniaiT  rewards. 


AUGUST  HARTMANN. 

Many  of  the  best  farmers  of  today  rely  on  something  other  than  general 
farming  to  insure  them  an  annual  income,  and  thus  if  one  thing  fails  they  suc- 
ceed with  another.  One  of  the  farmers  of  Lincoln  township,  Clinton  county, 
who  is  an  avarian  of  much  local  reputation  is  August  Hartmann,  who  is  mak- 
ing a  success  of  whatever  he  turns  his  attention  to. 

Mr.  Hartmann  was  born  in  the  city  of  Clinton,  this  county,  on  February 
26.  1874.  and  he  is  the  son  of  Christian  Peter  and  Margaret  Morritsen,  both 
born  in  the  province  of  Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany,  which  country  was 
foiTnerly  a  part  of  Denmark,  the  father  born  on  May  8,  1846,  and  the  mother 
born  on  August  20.  1846.  The  father  learned  the  trade  of  painter  in  his 
native  land  and  became  an  expert  at  the  same,  which  he  worked  at  for  some 
time  there,  and  in  1870  he  emigrated  to  the  United  States  and  settled  in 
Clinton.  Towa.  continuing  at  his  trade  for  a  period  of  sixteen  years,  when, 
his  health  failing,  he  gave  up  his  trade,  although  there  was  a  great  demand 
for  his  services,   and  purchased  eighty  acres   of  land   in   Lincoln   township 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  781 

which  he  farmed  for  a  period  of  twenty  }ears,  then  in  lyoj  he  hought  ten 
acres  near  Chnton.  He  remodeled  the  huilding  on  this  land  and  moved  to  it, 
retiring  from  active  work.  His  son,  Bernard,  the  subject's  only  brother, 
lives  on  his  eighty-acre  farm,  the  old  homestead. 

August  Hartmann,  of  this  review,  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of 
Clinton,  Iowa,  and  after  leaving  school  he  stayed  at  home,  assisting  his  father 
with  the  work  on  the  farm  and  in  maintaining  a  dairy.  The  son  sold  milk, 
etc.,  at  wholesale.  At  present  August  lives  with  his  parents  and  is  engaged 
in  small  fruit  growing,  principally  for  the  local  markets.  He  also  keeps  a 
large  number  of  bees  and  he  has  about  one  thousand  pounds  of  honey  annually 
for  the  market,  which  is  eagerly  sought  after.  He  understands  well  the 
care  of  bees  and  has  one  of  the  best  aviaries  in  the  county,  and  he  is  also  well 
posted  on  horticultural  subjects  so  that  he  is  making  a  success  of  his  fruit 
growing.  He  has  remained  unmarried,  preferring  to  care  for  his  aged  par- 
ents, delighting  in  ministering  to  their  every  want.  He  is  a  hard-working, 
unassuming  young  man  and  is  deeply  interested  in  the  general  improvement 
of  his  locality  and  county,  and  is  always  ready  to  help  along  a  good  cause. 


CLEM  KRUMPELMANN. 

Success  has  crowned  the  efforts  of  the  gentleman  whose  name  introduces 
this  biographical  re\'iew  because  he  has  spared  no  pains  in  developing  himself 
along  the  chosen  lines  of  his. life  work,  and  he  has  always  sought  to  do  his 
best  and  treat  his  fellow  men  as  he  would  have  them  treat  him. 

Clem  Krumpelmann.  one  of  the  best  known  jewelers  of  Clinton  county 
and  a  highly  respected  citizen  of  Lyons,  Was  born  in  Prussia,  Germany, 
December  17,  1862.  He  is  the  son  of  George  and  Carrie  (Artman)  Krumpel- 
mann. wlio  were  natives  of  the  fatherland  and  spent  their  lives  there,  the 
mother's  people  being  of  Hanover.  The  father  was  for  some  time  a  soldier 
in  the  army  there  and  served  in  the  war  of  1848.  Their  family  consisted  of 
four  sons.  Clem  being  the  third  in  order  of  birth;  Henry,  August  and  Frank 
are  all  deceased. 

The  subject  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  his  native  land  and  learned 
the  watchmaker's  trade  there.  Knowing  that  ready  employment  awaited  the 
skilled  artisan  in  the  L^nited  States,  he  emigrated  to  St.  Louis,  Missouri,  in 
1882,  and  lived  in  the  Mound  City  for  one  year  and  a  half,  working  at  his 
trade,  then  left  the  Missouri  metropolis  and  came  to  Lyons.  Iowa.     He  had 


782  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Strained  his  eyes  by  too  close  application  to  his  trade,  and  in  order  to  recover  he 
worked  at  farming  and  general  labor  for  awhile  after  coming  to  Clinton 
county.  He  spent  two  years  in  the  state  of  Arkansas,  and  in  1902  he  started  a 
general  jewelry  store  at  No.  706  Main  street,  Lyons,  Iowa,  and  although  he 
had  a  capital  at  that  time  of  but  one  hundred  dollars  he  has  by  hard  and  honest 
work  gradually  built  up  an  excellent  business,  now  maintaining  a  neat  and 
well  stocked  jewelry  store,  and  he  does  all  kinds  of  repairing,  being  one  of 
the  best  men  in  his  line  in  the  county.  He  is  steady  and  industrious,  unassum- 
ing and  believes  in  attending  strictly  to  his  individual  affairs.  He  takes  con- 
siderable interest  in  church  work,  but  does  not  mingle  with  the  political  con- 
tingent to  any  great  extent.  He  belongs  to  the  German  Catholic  church  and 
is  a  member  of  the  German  Workman's  society. 

Mr.  Krumpelmann  was  married  on  June  13,  1904,  to  Mary  Dickman,  who 
was  born  in  Lyons  in  1865.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Joseph  and  Theresa 
(Beckerman)  Dickman,  early  settlers  of  Lyons.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Krumpelmann 
have  no  children. 


THOMAS  C.  HANNAHER. 

Whether  the  spirit  of  the  times  prevailing  at  the  period  of  a  person's 
birth  has  anything  to  do  with  his  career  is  a  question  the  biographer  will  leave 
to  the  psychologists  and  metaphysicians,  yet  it  is  worthy  of  note  here  that 
Thomas  C.  Hannaher,  a  well  known  and  successful  grain  and  flour  dealer  at 
Lyons.  Iowa,  was  born,  as  Macaulay,  the  great  English  writer,  would  have 
said,  "in  the  brave  days  of  old,"  the  epoch  of  the  famous  "forty-niners,"  and 
whether  that  had  anything  to  do  with  it  or  not.  he  has  been  very  successful  in 
his  life  work  and  has  shown  a  progressive  and  courageous  spirit  in  overcoming 
life's  obstacles.  His  birth  occurred  at  Pittsburg,  Pennsylvania,  on  June  10, 
1849,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Patrick  and  Margaret  (O'Conner)  Hannaher,  both 
born  in  county  Mayo,  Ireland,  the  father  on  Januaiy  25,  1813,  and  the  mother 
in  1823.  Tliey  grew  to  maturity  there  and  were  educated  in  the  home  schools 
and  married  there.  In  order  to  escape  the  terrors  of  the  famine  of  1848  they 
emigrated  to  .\merica,  and  located  in  Pittsburg.  Pennsylvania.  Thev  lived 
there  till  1852.  and  li\e(l  for  a  short  time  at  St.  Charles,  Carroll  county. 
Illinois.  They  came  to  Lyons.  Iowa,  in  1855  and  started  a  general  merchan- 
dise store  on  the  corner  of  Fourth  and  Main  streets  when  Lyons  was  a  mere 
hamlet.  The  father.  Patrick  Hannaher,  was  one  of  the  most  important  and 
influential  men  in  the  early  days  of  Lyons'  history  and  did  as  much,  if  not 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  783 

more,  than  any  other  man  in  developing"  the  place.  He  was  looked  upon  as 
a  leader  and  was  a  strong  and  admirable  character  and  carried  the  farming 
on  with  credit  up  to  1861.  He  was  the  man  who  established  Main  street  and 
laid  it  out  in  its  present  position,  running  due  east  and  west.  It  formerly 
ang-led  to  the  southeast  from  Sixth  street  and  the  position  of  the  old  street 
is  still  shown.  In  1868  he  built  the  Hannaher  block,  a  three-story  brick  build- 
ing, which  was  one  of  the  first  large  blocks  in  Lyons.  At  that  time  a  three- 
story  brick  block  w'as  quite  a  novelty  in  this  place,  but  the  town  grew  rapidly 
and  Mr.  Hannaher's  wisdom  in  placing  faith  in  its  future  was  jiroven.  He 
gave  up  merchandising  in  1861  and  entered  the  grain  business,  buying  and 
selling  large  quantities  of  grain  wdiich  he  usually  stored  in  Lyons, — in  fact, 
he  became  one  of  the  leading  and  best  known  buyers  in  the  Northwest  in  his 
day.  He  built  a  line  of  elevators  along  the  northwest  and  retired  from  active 
business  in  1880.  He  was  highly  esteemed  by  all  classes  and  recognized  bv 
all  as  one  of  the  most  prominent  men  of  Lyons  in  his  day  and  one  of  the  best 
friends  of  the  place.  His  family  consisted  of  eleven  children,  named  as  fol- 
lows:  John  died  in  Dakota;  Thomas  C,  of  this  review;  Patrick  and  Mary 
both  died  in  Pittsburg,  Pennsylvania;  Charles,  James  Edward,  Mrs.  Dehlia 
O'Donnell,  Margaret;  Mary  is  deceased;  Mrs.  Anna  Henley;  Catherine  is  a 
Sister  of  Charity  at  Lyons,  serving  under  the  name  of  Sister  Augusta. 

Thomas  C.  Hannaher  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Lyons,  low^a, 
completing  his  education  at  St.  Mary's  College,  on  the  lake  at  Chicago.  (This 
institution  is  not  now  in  existence.)  In  1870  he  went  into  business  as  a 
partner  with  his  father  in  the  grain  buying  and  flour  manufacturing  business. 
They  owmed  and  operated  large  elevators  and  mills  on  Front  street  and  they 
carried  on  a  very  large  business.  The  son  took  active  charge  of  the  business 
in  1880.  the  father  retiring.  Thomas  C.  Llannaher  was  also  engaged  in  buy- 
ing and  shipping  live  stock.  He  has  been  very  successful  in  whatever  he  has 
engaged  in  and  has  long  been  regarded  as  one  of  the  leading  business  men 
of  Lyons.  He  practically  retired  from  active  business  in  1900,  but  he  still 
looks  after  his  large  interests  in  a  general  way  and  has  charge  of  a  thriving 
grocery  store  and  a  flour  and  grain  business. 

Mr.  Hannaher  is  a  loyal  and  prominent  Catholic  and  he  organized  the 
Order  of  Hibernians  in  Lyons  when  he  was  a  young  man.  At  a  very  early 
age  he  began  taking  an  active  part  in  local  politics  and  when  twenty-one  years 
of  age  he  was  elected  alderman  of  Lyons  on  the  Democratic  ticket,  and  he  be- 
came mayor  of  the  city  at  the  age  of  twenty-six,  and  for  a  number  of  years 
during  his  active  life  he  was  a  prominent  figure  at  all  political  meetings.  He 
filled  the  office  of  mayor  in  a  manner  that  reflected  much  credit  upon  himself 


784  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA, 

and  to  the  entire  satisfaction  of  all  concerned,  irrespective  of  party.  He  did 
a  f  reat  deal  for  the  good  of  the  city  and  community,  carrying  forward  in  a 
very  laudable  manner  the  commendable  work  begun  by  his  worthy  father. 

Mr.  Hannaher  was  married  on  May  18,  1875.  to  Martha  Jane  Edney. 
who  was  born  at  Vincennes,  Indiana,  and  who  came  to  Lyons  in  1865.  Four 
children  have  been  born  to  this  union,  namely:  Thomas  E.,  William  John 
and  Leo  Patrick ;  the  two  latter  are  traveling  in  vaudeville  in  which  they  are 
making  a  great  success  all  over  the  country ;  Anna  B.  is  the  daughter. 

The  Hannaher  is  one  of  the  most  prominent  of  the  Irish  Cathohc  families 
in  Lyons,  and  the  subject  is  a  man  whom  it  is  a  delight  to  meet — clear-headed, 
quick-witted,  proud  of  his  father's  record,  as  he  should  be,  for  he  did  much 
for  the  people  who  settled  in  this  community  in  the  early  days.  He  loaned 
considerable  money,  used  his  influence  to  bring  in  capital,  and  was  always  gen- 
erous and  public-spirited.  Mr.  Hannaher's  father  was  the  man  who  did  great 
things  for  the  Catholic  church,  furnishing  half  the  money  for  a  fifty-thousand 
dollar  building,  often  furnishing  a  check  for  five  hundred  dollars  when  things 
looked  bad.     Mrs.  Hannaher  has  also  done  the  same  thing. 


GEORGE  V.  HAYES. 

There  is  a  class  of  most  useful  and  enterprising  business  men  in  America 
who  have  lived  on  farms  until  long  past  maturity,  then  moving  to  some 
town  or  city  have  entered  into  business.  Their  training  in  the  economy  and 
good  management  required  in  successful'  farming  has  fitted  them  to  compete 
in  the  business  world  with  others,  and  to  wrest  successfully  compensation 
for  their  work.  Such  has  been  the  case  with  this  man,  who  farmed  until 
nearly  forty  years  old  and  then  came  to  a  small  town  and  started  in  business, 
and  has  found  his  efforts  crowned  with  prosperity. 

George  V.  Hayes  was  born  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  October  18,  1859, 
a  son  of  Jonathan  and  Margaret  (Johnson)  Hayes.  His  father  was  born 
in  New  York  in  1812,  his  mother  in  Norway  in  1841.  Jonathan  came  to 
Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1846,  and  settled  on  a  farm  of  forty  acres  and 
added  until  he  had  two  hundred  forty  acres  at  his  death.  In  politics  he  was 
a  Democrat.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Christian  church  and  his  wife  of  the 
Lutheran.  Six  of  their  eight  children  are  surviving.  Jonathan  Hayes  died 
in  1893;  his  widow  is  living. 

George  V.  Hayes  spent  his  early  days  on  the  farm  and  attended  the 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  785 

public  schools.  He  began  when  a  young  man  to  farm  for  himself,  and  now 
owns  two  hundred  thirty-two  acres  of  land.  In  1898  he  moved  to  Calamus 
and  engaged  in  the  agricultural  implement  and  hardware  business.  He 
was  one  of  the  organizers  of  the  Farmers'  Savings  Bank  and  has  been  its 
president  for  three  vears.  He  is  also  interested  in  the  undertaking  and  fur- 
niture establishment  at  Calamus,  operated  in  the  name  of  Hayes  &  Blake. 
In  politics  he  is  a  Republican  and  has  held  the  office  of  township  clerk  and 
has  been  a  meml)er  of  the  Calamus  council.  He  is  a  memljer  of  the  Odd 
Fellows  and  of  the  Modern  Woodmen,  also  of  the  American  Patriots. 

Mr.  Haves  was  regarded  as  one  of  the  best  farmers  in  the  township  when 
engaged  in  that  business,  and  has  since  proved  his  capabilities  in  the  business 
line.     He  is  much  esteemed  and  respected  in  the  community. 


HENRY  ASHPOLE. 


Hampshire  township.  Clinton  county,  boasts  of  many  successful  farmers 
and  of  many  well-kept  farms,  but  of  no  more  successful  farmer  than  the  gen- 
tleman whose  name  heads  this  re\iew.  and  of  no  farm  of  more  prosperous 
appearance  than  the  one  of  which  he  is  the  proprietor.  He  has  applied  busi- 
ness methods  to  farming  and  has  made  it  very  profitable  to  himself. 

Henry  Ashpole  was  born  in  Ashtabula  county,  Ohio,  in  the  town  of 
Saybrook,  on  Xovember  28,  1854,  the  son  of  John  Ashpole,  who  was  born 
in  Lincolnshire,  England,  June  i,  1815,  and  Jane  (Broughton)  Ashpole,  who 
was  born  at  Huntington,  Lincolnshire,  England,  in  1819. 

John  Ashpole  was  a  farmer  by  occupation  and  emigrated  to  Indiana  in 
1845.  Remaining  there  for  only  a  short  time,  he  moved  to  Ohio  in  1848,  and 
in  1850  came  farther  west  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  Locating  at  Clinton,  he 
and  John  Morris  started  the  first  lime  kiln  in  the  city.  Soon  after  he  sold  this 
and  liought  forty  acres  of  tlie  Morris  seed  farm  in  Lincoln  township,  which  he 
later  sold  and  rented  land.  Xext  he  bought  eighty  acres,  on  which  he  lived 
until  he  became  an  old  man,  when  he  retired  and  moved  to  Clinton,  where  he 
died  on  June  13,  1897.  fie  was  a  man  of  strong  character  and  well  liked  by 
those  who  knew  him. 

Jane  Broughton  had  married  a  Mr.  Fisher  before  becoming  the  wife  of 
Mr.  Ashpole,  and  had  by  him  one  son,  William  Fisher.  She  bore  to  Mr. 
Ashpole  four  children,  Frederick.  John.  Betsy  Ann,  now  Mrs.  Cooper,  and 
Hemw. 

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Henry  Ashpole  was  the  youngest  of  the  family.  He  attended  the  Hamp- 
sliire  townslii])  schools  and  remained  on  his  father's  farm  until  one  year  after 
his  marriage.  For  three  years  he  rented  of  his  father,  then  for  about  the 
same  time  he  rented  of  Mr.  Conner.  Tn  1882  he  bought  ninety  acres  in  Hamp- 
shire townshijx  on  which  he  now  resides,  to  which  after  one  year  he  added 
fort}'  acres  more,  and  three  years  later  forty  more,  making  one  hundred  and 
seventy  acres  in  all.  He  has  erected  all  the  buildings  on  the  farm,  a  comfort- 
able house  and  large  barns,  and  has  improved  the  fertility  of  his  soil.  For 
manv  years  he  fed  each  year  a  large  number  of  cattle. 

Tn  local  politics  ^Ir.  Ashpole  acts  independently  of  party  lines,  but  since 
Cleveland's  second  administration  he  has  ^•oted  with  the  Republicans  on 
national  matters.  The  voters  of  his  township  have  chosen  him  as  a  member 
of  the  school  board  and  as  township  trustee.  Fraternally,  he  is  a  member  of 
the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America. 

On  February  8,  1877,  Henry  Ashpole  was  married  to  Frances  Hughes, 
who  w^as  born  at  Sterling.  Illinois,  on  September  6,  1854.  the  daughter  of 
James  B.  Hughes,  an  early,  settler  and  farmer.  She  has  been  an  excellent 
wife  and  has  borne  to  him  the  following  children :  IMrs.  Esther  Jane  Barker, 
Frederick  Eugene,  Martha,  Bess,  John  B.,  Frank,  Grace,  Thomas,  Lillie, 
Roland,  James  (deceased  at  the  age  of  eighteen  months).  Russell  and  Ralph. 
Mr.  Ashpole  has  a  family  of  which  any  man  might  well  be  proud.  He  is  a 
man  highly  respected  locally  for  his  many  good  qualities,  has  hosts  of  friends, 
and  has  proved  himself  one  of  the  best  financial  managers  to  be  found  among 
the  farmers  of  his  county.  Mrs.  Ashpole  and  daughters.  Lillie  and  Martha, 
belong  to  the  Methodist  church. 


GEORGE  MORRIS. 


In  looking  over  the  list  of  leading  farmers  and  representative  citizens  of 
Lincoln  township.  Clinton  county,  one  soon  encounters  the  name  of  George 
Morris,  who  has  so  directed  his  energies  as  to  entitle  him  to  such  recognition 
and  who  is  a  man  of  many  strong  characteristics.  He  was  born  in  the  city 
of  Clinton,  this  county,  on  July  2.  i860,  and  he  is  the  son  of  John  and  Mary 
(Bigastaff)  Morris,  both  born  in  England,  the  father  on  October  31,  1832, 
and  the  mother  on  March  14,  1831.  John  Morris  was  primarily  a  cattle  raiser. 
He  came  with  his  wife  to  America  in  1856  and  located  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  and 
lived  there  fourteen  years.     He  then  moved  to  Lincoln  township  and  spent 


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about  ten  years  on  a  farm,  after  which  he  returned  to  CHnton,  where  he  Hved 
until  his  death,  in  September.  1897.  His  widow  survived  him  many  years, 
dying  in  July,  19 10.  John  Morris  was  a  very  successful  business  man  and 
accumulated  quite  a  competency.  He  bought  and  sold  real  estate  at  times, 
and  at  one  time  he  was  the  owner  of  fifteen  hundred  acres  of  land  in  Lincoln 
township,  and  he  often  owned  as  many  as  four  hundred  head  of  cattle  at  one 
time,  which  he  fed,  being  known  as  one  of  the  leading  feeders  in  the  county 
for  some  time.  He  carried  on  farming  on  an  extensive  scale,  too.  He  had  a 
genius  for  agriculture  and  was  a  man  whom  to  know  was  to  admire  and 
esteem.  He  was  a  loyal  Republican,  and  while  often  solicited  by  his  friends 
to  run  for  office,  he  would  not  do  so.  preferring"  to  devote  his  time  exclusively 
to  his  large  affairs.  He  was  prominent  here  in  the  early  days  and  did  much 
toward  the  general  uplDuilding  of  the  locality.  One  daughter,  Annie,  is  living 
in  Clinton,  being  one  of  the  first  children  born  there. 

Georsre  Morris  of  this  review  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  Clinton  and 
he  attended  the  Lyons  River  Institute  for  a  period  of  two  years,  and  later 
attended  school  for  the  same  length  of  time  at  Faribault,  Minnesota,  a  mili- 
tary school.  Thus  he  became  well  educated  and  after  leaving  college  he 
traveled  in  Europe  for  two  years.  Then  his  father  gave  him  his  present 
farm  of  one  hundred  and  twenty-two  acres  and  he  has  lived  on  the  same  ever 
since.  He  was  tw^enty-two  years  of  age  when  he  took  possession  of  this  place 
and  he  has  proved  himself  to  be  an  agriculturist  of  no  mean  ability.  Besides 
general  farming,  he  feeds  a  large  number  of  cattle  each  year.  He  has  kept 
his  place  well  improved  and  he  always  keeps  good  live  stock,  being  an  admirer 
of  good  horses  and  some  splendid  specimens  are  to  be  seen  about  his  place. 
He  has  a  beautiful  and  well-kept  home  and  large  and  convenient  barns  and 
outbuildings.  He  is  one  of  the  largest  land  owners  in  Lincoln  township. 
He  spends  his  time  overseeing  his  large  interests,  but  does  no  regular  w-ork 
himself.  He  has  his  affairs  under  a  splendid  system  and  has  been  very  suc- 
cessful in  his  management.  He  is  a  worthy  son  of  a  worthy  sire  and  delights 
to  recall  the  early  experiences  of  his  honored  father,  who  came  from  Leister- 
shire.  England.  When  six  years  of  age  he  began  working,  his  duties  being 
to  keep  the  crows  and  other  birds  from  the  grain,  and  when  only  nine  years  of 
age  he  could  support  himself.  He  was  a  fine  example  of  the  truly  self-made 
man,  and  after  coming  to  America  he  became  ver)-  prosperous  by  judicious 
cattle  raising.  In  politics  the  subject  is  a  Democrat,  but  he  does  not  aspire 
to  public  offices.  He  is  a  meml^er  of  the  Methodist  church  and  an  officer  in 
the  same. 

Mr.  Morris  was  married  on  November  21,  1889,  to  Anna  Hayes,  a  lady 


788  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

of  culture  and  refinement  and  the  representative  of  an  excellent  family.  She 
was  born  in  England  on  October  12.  1865,  and  she  is  the  daughter  of  Robert 
and  Mary  Haves.  This  union  has  resulted  in  the  l)irth  of  five  children,  name- 
ly :  Anna  Mary.  Frances  Elizabeth,  John  Robert,  George  Eustice  and  William 
Arthur. 


ROBERT  BRUCE  KELLY. 

Holding  worthy  prestige  among  the  young  and  enterprising  farmers  of 
Lincoln  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  is  Robert  Bruce  Kelly,  a  very  worthy 
representative  of  one  of  the  best  known  and  highly  honored  families  in  this 
section  of  tlie  county,  whose  reputation  for  probity  and  industry  he  has  ever 
sought  to  bear  aloft. 

Mr.  Kellv  is  a  native  of  the  township  where  he  now  resides,  his  birth  hav- 
ing occurred  here  on  September  11,  1881.  and  he  is  the  son  of  Robert  Kelly, 
Sr.,  who  was  born  in  Pennsylvania  in  1841.  and  who  married  Kathleen  Dill- 
hammer,  who  was  also  born  in  the  old  Keystone  state,  in  1848.  The  paternal 
grandfather,  Adam  Kelly,  was  among  the  pioneers  who  came  to  Center  town- 
ship. Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1853  and  took  up  government  land.  At  that 
time  Robert  Kelly.  Sr..  was  twelve  years  of  age,  and  he  grew  up  on  the  home 
place,  assisting  his  father  to  overcome  the  difficulties  incident  to  the  life  of  all 
first  settlers.  When  twenty-four  years  of  age  he  bought  a  farm  of  his  own 
and  devoted  his  life  to  agricultural  pursuits,  becoming  well  fixed,  and  at  the 
time  of  his  death,  in  190  =  ,  he  was  the  owner  of  four  hundred  and  twelve  acres 
in  Lincoln  township,  his  farm  being  one  of  the  best  improved  and  most 
desirable  in  the  community,  .\lthorgh  he  carried  on  general  farming  on  an 
extensive  scale,  he  was  mainly  a  stock  man.  spending  the  major  part  of  his 
time  feeding  cattle  for  the  market,  making  most  of  his  ample  competencv  in 
this  manner.  He  Ijecamc  widely  known  in  the  eastern  part  of  this  county  as 
a  stock  man  and  he  had  the  respect  and  confidence  of  all  who  kneW'  him.  He 
was  a  member  of  the  Presbyterian  church.  His  family  consisted  of  the  fol- 
lowing children,  given  in  order  of  birth:  David  Eldrid.  who  is  now  living 
retired  near  Clinton:  Samuel  B.  lives  at  Brooking,  South  Dakota;  Richard  is 
deceased:  Albert  Burke,  of  France.  Iowa;  Robert  Bruce,  of  this  review:  Lee 
C.  is  li\-ing  on  the  home  farm. 

Robert  P).  Kelly,  of  this  sketch,  received  his  education  in  the  public 
schools  of  Hampshire  township,  also  spent  four  terms  at  Dixon  College, 
where  he  applied  himself  very  carefully  to  his  textbooks  and  made  a  splendid 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  789 

record.  After  leaving  college  he  returned  to  his  father's  fann  and  when 
only  eighteen  years  of  age  he  began  renting  land  of  his  father,  continuing  in 
this  manner  for  four  years.  Then  he  went  to  western  Iowa,  locating  near 
Laporte  City,  where  he  rented  a  farm.  Upon  tlie  death  of  his  father  in  1905 
he  returned  to  Clinton  county  and  received  his  share  of  the  estate.  In  Febru- 
ary. 1909,  he  built  a  large,  attractive,  substantial  and  modern  dwelling  and 
convenient  and  well  equipped  barns,  all  down  the  road  west  of  the  old  home- 
stead, and  here  he  is  making  his  home,  being  exceptionally  well  fixed  for  a 
young  man,  and  he  has  brought  his  place  up  to  a  high  grade  of  improvement 
in  e\'ery  respect.  He  calls  the  place  "Fair  View,"  which  name  is  veiy  apro- 
pos, as  all  who  haye  seen  this  veiy  desirable  and  well-kept  farm  well  know. 
It  is  the  yery  best  of  Iowa  soil  and  the  buildings  are  new  and  tastily  arranged. 
Mr.  Kelly  is  a  member  of  the  First  Presbyterian  church  of  Clinton. 

On  March  2,  1904,  Mr.  Kelly  was  married  to  Pearl  Hazel  Pierson,  who 
was  born  February  9,  1886,  in  this  county,  a  lady  of  such  estimable  traits  of 
character  that  she  has  always  been  popular  with  a  wide  circle  of  friends;  she 
is  the  daughter  of  Elwood  and  Sadie  Pierson.  Her  father  was  born  in  Ohio, 
coming  to  Chnton,  Iowa,  later  in  life,  where  he  worked  as  switchman  in  the 
Northwestern  yards.  For  further  facts  concerning  the  early  history  of  the 
Kelly  family  the  reader  is  directed  to  the  sketch  of  Samuel  H.  Kelly,  of  Elvira, 
Iowa,  appearing  on  another  page  of  this  work. 


I.  \\'ARD  POTTER. 


One  of  the  successful  young  business  men  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  who  has 
forged  to  the  front  in  spite  of  obstacles  and  has  ]:)ersisted  along  legitimate  lines 
until  he  is  being  abundantly  rewarded  is  J.  Ward  Potter,  the  well  known 
dealer  in  wood  and  coal.  He  was  born  in  Clinton  on  Januar^•  i.  1887,  and 
has  spent  his  life  at  home,  knowing  that  it  would  not  be  worth  while  to  seek 
a  better  place  for  business  opportunities.  He  is  the  son  of  .\rthur  R.  and 
Mary  E.  (Tate)  Potter,  the  former  born  in  Canada  in  1854  and  died  in  April, 
1910,  and  the  latter  was  born  in  Galesburg.  Illinois,  in  1858.  The  father  came 
to  Clinton  when  a  young  man  and  engaged  in  the  teaming  business,  first  for 
Mart  Lily  and  later  for  himself.  He  finally  acquired  the  Chancy  Coal  Com- 
pany and  conducted  a  general  coal,  wood  and  coke  business  from  about  1898 
continuously  up  to  the  time  of  his  death.  He  became  well  and  favorably 
known  in  Clinton  and  in  1896  and  1897  he  was  street  commissioner  of  Clinton. 


790  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

He  was  a  Republican  and  belonged  to  the  First  Methodist  Episcopal  church, 
being  a  member  of  the  official  board  of  that  church.  He  belonged  to  the 
Modern  Woodmen  of  America,  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows  and 
the  American  Patriots  and  Mystic  Workers.  He  was  ill  for  a  year  and  a 
half  before  his  death,  Imt  bore  his  sufferings  with  rare  courage  and  fortitude, 
for  he  was  a  man  of  many  strong  characteristics  and  had  numerous  friends 
wherever  he  was  known. 

Two  sons  and  two  daughters  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Arthur  R.  Pot- 
ter, namely:  Carrie  R..  Harriet  B..  Harrison  H..  and  J.  Ward,  who  was  the 
third  in  order  of  birth. 

J.  Ward  Potter  received  a  good  education  in  the  Clinton  schools,  and 
after  lea\-ing  the  school  room  he  \\ent  to  work  for  his  father  in  the  coal  and 
wood  business  and  teaming.  In  due  course  of  time  he  became  general  fore- 
man of  the  outside  work,  and  upon  the  death  of  his  father  he  took  charge  of 
the  entire  business,  which  he  is  still  conducting  in  an  able  and  successful  man- 
ner. He  does  a  general  teaming  business  in  connection  with  his  coal  and 
wood  establishment,  and  enjoys  a  very  liberal  and  rapidly  growing  patronage. 
He  hauls  all  the  scenery  and  baggage  for  the  shows  given  at  the  Clinton 
theater,  and  he  also  does  a  big  teaming  business  for  the  large  contracting 
companies.  He  is  an  energetic,  pleasant,  happy-faced  young  man  who  makes 
friends  readily  and  has  the  good  will  of  all  who  know  him.  He  is  a  member 
of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America. 

Mr.  Potter  was  married  November  9,  1910.  to  Emma  Seebold.  of 
Winona,  Minnesota. 


ENGVER  N.  CLAUSEN. 

Though  young  in  years,  Engver  X.  Clausen,  a  well  known  grocer  of 
Clinton.  Iowa,  has  won  definite  success  and  shown  what  a  man  with  lofty 
])rinciples,  honesty  of  purpose  and  determination  can  do  by  making  a  per- 
sistent effort,  and  because  of  his  industry,  integrity  and  courtesy  he  is  a  man 
to  whom  the  future  holds  much  of  promise  and  rew-ard. 

Mr.  Clausen  was  born  January  7,  1882,  in  Lyons,  a  suburb  of  Clinton, 
Iowa.  He  is  the  son  of  Peter.  C.  Clausen,  who  was  born  in  Germany,  where 
he  was  reared,  educated  and  where  he  married,  the  date  of  his  birth  being 
1853.  In  i88t  he  brought  his  Aoung  wife  to  America  and  came  direct  to 
Lyons,  Iowa,  settling  on  a  farm  west  of  this  cit\'  \\here  he  remained  for  one 
vear,  then  moved  into  the  town  of  Lvons.      He  was  a  miller  bv  trade  and  he 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  79I 

also  worked  in  a  sawmill  for  fifteen  years.  He  has  been  conducting  a  harness 
shop  for  the  past  two  years  and  has  a  very  good  trade.  He  has  always  been 
a  hard  working  man  and  does  his  work  conscientiously.  He  is  a  German 
Lutheran,  as  are  all  the  members  of  this  family.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Peter  C. 
Clausen  the  following  children  were  born:  Mrs.  Hannah  Boettger.  George, 
Engver  N.  and  Carl  C. 

Engver  X.  Clausen  enjoyed  the  advantages  of  a  good  education  in  the 
public  schools  of  Clinton,  and.  after  he  had  finished,  he  learned  the  car- 
penter's trade  and  worked  at  the  same  successfully  for  four  years,  but  not 
being  entirely  satisfied  with  this  line  of  endeavor  he  sought  to  enter  the  mer- 
cantile field  and  for  a  period  of  five  }"ears  worked  in  the  hardware  department 
of  the  Clinton  Saddlery  Company.  In  July.  1909,  he  and  his  brother.  Carl 
C,  bought  out  the  grocery  store  of  Al.  K.  Madden  at  No.  716  Main  street, 
Lyons,  and  they  have  since  that  time  enjoyed  a  very  satisfactory  and  prosper- 
ous trade,  always  carrying  a  complete  line  of  staple  and  fancy  groceries  in 
their  neat,  well  arranged  store  and  their  trade  is  rapidly  growing. 

Mr.  Clausen  is  a  member  of  the  Highland  Nobles,  the  German  Workers' 
lodge,  and  he  is  <|uartermaster  sergeant  of  Company  H,  Fifty-third  Towa  Na- 
tional Guard,  and  is  greatly  interested  in  this  work. 

^Ir.  Clausen  was  married  on  September  9,  1903,  to  Wilhelmina  Petersen, 
who  was  born  May  20,  1885,  in  Clinton,  Iowa.  She  was  the  daughter  of 
Julius  Petersen,  who  came  to  Iowa  from  Germany  when  a  boy,  and  Mrs. 
Clausen  is  the  granddaughter  of  William  Byers,  who  was  a  furniture  maker 
and  came  to  Clinton  in  1872.  Mrs.  Clausen  was  born  on  the  same  ground 
where  she  and  her  husljand  now  have  their  dwelling  at  No.  403  Third  avenue, 
Clinton.  They  are  the  parents  of  two  children,  namely:  Jeanette,  born 
March  6,  1905.  and  Bernerdine,  who  was  born  [May  28.  1908. 

Carl  C.  Clausen,  brother  and  partner  in  business  with  Engver  N.  Clausen, 
was  born  September  8.  1893.  at  Lyons,  Iowa.  He  attended  school  in  Lvons, 
but  left  school  early  in  life  to  work  in  the  grocery  store  of  Fredericks  &  Ouin, 
as  clerk,  where  he  remained  three  years,  then  clerked  for  M.  K.  Madden  for 
one  year  and  finally,  in  partnership  with  his  brother.  Engver,  he  purchased 
Maddetfs  store.  Although  very  young  in  years,  Carl  C.  Clausen  has  a  level 
head  and  having  had  excellent  training  from  a  small  bov  in  the  local  grocery 
stores  he  is  well  equipped  for  his  present  work.  He  floes  the  buying  for  the 
firm  and  is  an  alert,  careful  and  conscientious  young  man  to  whom  the  future 
holds  much  of  promise  in  the  way  of  business  success.  He  is  verv  pleasant 
and  genial  to  customers  and  he  has  a  host  of  friends  here  and  in  Lyons. 

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792  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

HENRY  C.  GRIEBEL. 

It  has  been  many  years  since  the  family  of  Henry  C.  Griebel,  an  agri- 
culturist, now  living  on  one  of  the  best  farms  in  Orange  township,  Clinton 
county,  crossed  the  vast  ocean  from  Germany,  his  native  countiT,  and  sought 
the  shores  of  the  New  World.  They  had  heard  of  the  opportunities  opening 
up  in  the  newer  western  states  and,  desiring  to  benefit  themselves  and  their 
descendants,  determined  to  seek  new  fields  and  surround  themselves  with 
new  and  be'tter  conditions.  They  possessed  all  the  thrift  usually  ascribed 
to  the  Germanic  race,  and  ere  many  harvest  moons  had  waxed  and  waned 
they  found  themselves  in  good  financial'  condition, — in  fact,  prosperous  land 
owners  and  agriculturists. 

Mr.  Griebel  was  born  in  Germany  on  July  19,  1864,  grew  to  boyhood 
there  and  spent  one  and  one-half  years  in  school  there.  It  was  in  1870  that 
he  accompanied  his  parents  to  America  and  located  in  Clinton  county.  Iowa, 
where  he  continued  his  education  in  the  public  schools.  He  is  the  son  of 
Fritz  Griebel.  who  was  l">orn  in  Germanx  in  1840,  the  son  of  Henry  and 
Lottie  Griebel,  both  natives  of  the  fatherland,  also.  They  grew  to  maturity 
in  their  native  land,  were  educated  and  married  there,  and  he  brought  his 
family  to  America  in  1870,  locating  in  Clinton  county,  where  his  death 
occurred  in  1884,  his  widow  surviving  until  1903.  Five  children  were  born 
to  them,  of  whom  three  are  still  li\ing.  He  was  a  farmer,  and  he  and  his 
family  were  members  of  the  Lutheran  church.  Fritz  Griebel  was  educated 
in  Germany  and  he  accompanied  the  family  to  America  in  1870.  and  has 
devoted  his  life  to  farming.  He  became  the  owner  of  a  valuable  farm,  con- 
sisting of  four  hundred  a-nd  fifty  acres  of  land,  having  begun  with  eighty 
acres..  In  1898  he  came  to  Grand  Mound  and  has  since  lived  retired.  In 
politics  he  is  a  Democrat  and  he  and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Lutheran 
church.  He  was  married  in  1868  to  Henrietta  Schmidt  and  they  became  the 
parents  of  six  children:  Henry  C,  the  immediate  subject  of  this  sketch: 
William.  Gustave,  Hermon,  .\dolph  and  Mary.  The  mother  of  these  chil- 
dren died  in  1904,  and  in  igo8  he  married  Mrs.  Anna  Frega,  a  native  of 
Germany. 

Henry  C.  Griebel  learned  the  carpenter's  trade  in  his  youth  and  followed 
that  trade  until  he  married,  and  he  has  since  devoted  his  time  to  farming. 
He  has  met  with  a  large  measure  of  .success,  having  been  a  hard  worker  and 
a  good  manager,  and  he  is  now  the  owner  of  one  of  the  best  and  richest  farms 
of  the  township,  consisting  of  three  hundred  and  twenty  acres.  He  has 
kept  his  place  well  improved  and  has  modern   farming  machinerv  and  good 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  793 

outbuildings  for  his  grain  and  stock,  and  a  \er\-  snl)stantial  and  comfortable 
dwelling.  He  has  always  kept  some  good  grades  of  live  stock  of  various 
kinds  and  it  is  a  pleasure  to  look  over  his  well-kept  i)lace. 

In  politics  Mr.  Griebel  is  a  Repubhcan  and  he  has  long  taken  much 
interest  in  local  afifairs,  having  been  school  director  for  about  twelve  years. 
He  is  a  director  in  the  German  Mutual  Fire  Insurance  Company,  a  stock- 
holder in  the  Farmers'  Savings  Bank  at  Calamus,  and  is  one  of  the  sub- 
stantial and  prosperous  men  of  the  township,  richly  deserving  the  large 
success  that  has  attended  his  efforts,  owing  to  the  fact  that  he  has  worked 
long  and  hard  along  legitimate  lines  and  that  he  started  with  practically 
nothing  when  he  began  life  for  himself. 

Mr.  Griebel  was  married  on  March  6,  1885,  to  Lena  Schwiem,  who  was 
born  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  who  is  the  daughter  of  Henry  and  Anna 
Schwien,  who  came  to  Scott  county,  Iowa,  in  1856  and  located  in  Clinton 
countv  in  1870.  Both  are  now  deceased.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Griebel  five 
children  have  been  born,  namely:  Alma.  Hugo,  Rudolph,  Freddie  and 
Anna.  Mr.  Griebel  knows  how  to  enjoy  the  comforts  of  life.  He  not  only 
owns  good  horses  and  buggies,  but  also,  being  up  to  date,  owns  a  fine  auto- 
mobile. 


FRANK  L.  McCarthy. 

A  man  of  marked  business  enterprise  and  capability  who  carries  forward 
to  successful  completion  whatever  he  undertakes  is  Frank  L.  McCarthy,  one 
of  the  popular  grocers  of  Clinton,  Iowa.  He  has  long  been  an  important 
factor  in  business  circles  and  his  po])ularity  is  well  deserved,  as  in  him  are 
embraced  the  characteristics  of  an  unabating  energy,  unbending  integrity  and 
industry  that  never  flags. 

Mr.  McCarthy  was  hnvn  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  February  11,  1889,  and  has 
spent  his  life  in  his  home  city.  He  is  the  son  of  Patrick  H.  McCarthy,  who 
was  born  in  1853  ^^  Rochester.  New  York,  and  died  in  igo'8.  The  paternal 
grandfather.  John  McCarthy,  was  a  \ery  early  settler  of  Clinton,  having  come 
here  in  1856.  He  was  a  contractor  and  was  prominent  in  the  early  business 
life  of  this  citv.  Patrick  H.  McCarthv  came  to  Clinton  with  his  father  when 
he  was  a  baby  and  here  he  grew  to  maturity  and  was  educated  in  the  early 
schools.  When  he  grew  to  maturity  he  became  a  grocer,  in  1888.  owning  a 
store  at  the  corner  of  Ninth  avenue  and  Fourth  street,  and  there  he  worked 
up  an  excellent  trade  and  became  fairly  well-to-do,  continuing  in  this  line  of 


794  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

endeavor  until  1908,  in  which  year  his  death  occurred.  He  was  a  meml^er 
of  the  Cathohc  church,  the  Knights  of  Columhus,  the  Cathohc  Foresters  and 
the  Modern  Woodmen.  He  was  an  honest,  energetic  man  whom  his  many 
customers  and  friends  held  in  the  highest  respect. 

The  family  of  Patrick  McCarthy  consisted  of  seven  children,  of  whom, 
Frank  L.  of  this  review  was  the  second  in  order  of  hirth;  the  other  three  sons 
and  three  daughters  are.  Agnes,  a  nun  at  Waterloo,  Iowa;  Irene;  Catherine; 
John  L.,  who  is  now  eighteen  years  old  and  is  associated  with  his  brother,  the 
subject,  in  business  in  Clinton ;  Paul  is  six  years  old,  and  Noel  is  four. 

Frank  L.  McCarthy  has  enjoyed  the  advantages  of  an  excellent  education, 
having  attended  St.  Mary's  parochial  school  at  Clinton,  Iowa,  also  the  Clinton 
high  school,  from  which  he  was  graduated  with  the  class  of  1908.  During 
all  his  life,  when  not  in  school,  he  had  worked  in  his  father's  grocery  store  and 
was  well  informed  concerning  this  line  of  endeavor  and  the  general  business  of 
such  a  store  when  his  father  died,  which  e\'ent  occurred  one  month  before 
Frank  L.'s  graduation  from  high  school.  I^lnis  being  well  prepared  in  point 
of  training  and  education,  young  McCarthy  took  up  the  active  management 
of  the  store  and  has  managed  it  \\'ith  Acr}-  gratifying  results  since  that  time 
to  the  present;  however,  he  soon  changed  the  location  of  the  store  to  No.  814 
South  Fourth  street  and  took  on  a  much  larger  stock,  taking  his  younger 
brother  in  as  a  partner,  and  the  firm  name  became  F.  L.  &  J.  L.  McCarthy. 
The  trade  and  profits  have  doubled  since  the  subject  took  charge  of  the  store 
and  he  has  been  notably  successful  for  so  young  a  man,  and,  judging  from  his 
splendid  record  in  the  past,  the  future  will  doubtless  have  in  store  much  larger 
things  for  him.  His  pleasant  manners  and  sunny,  Irish  disposition,  coupled 
with  his  known  integrity  and  desire  to  please,  renders  him  popular  with  his 
many  customers,  and  he  is  in  e\'ery  respect  deserving  of  the  large  success 
that  has  attended  his  efforts. 


CHARLES  C.  BINGHAM. 

The  career  of  Charles  C.  Bingham,  a  well  known  business  man  of  Clin- 
ton, Iowa,  clearly  illustrates  the  possibilities  that  are  open  in  this  country  to 
earnest,  persevering  men  who  have  the  courage  of  their  convictions  and  are 
determined  to  be  the  architects  of  their  own  fortunes.  He  was  l)om  in  Jones 
county.  Iowa.  March  i,  1874,  and  is  the  son  of  Calvin  H.  and  Mary  L.  (Joslin) 
Bingham,  the  former  born  in  the  state  of  New  York,  February  4,  1829,  and 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  795 

the  latter  in  Michigan  October  22.  1837;  she  is  still  living,  but  Mr.  Bingham 
passed  to  his  reward  on  November  j,  1905.  Calvin  H.  Bingham  was  a  con- 
tractor and  builder  and  was  noted  in  this  line  for  his  superior  ability  and  his 
constant  desire  to  please  his  patrons.  When  a  young  man  he  came  west  to 
Anamosa,  Iowa,  and  worked  there  as  a  wagonmaker  for  several  years,  then 
for  a  period  of  eight  years  he  lived  on  a  fami.  In  1894  he  moved  to  Clinton, 
Iowa,  and  began  operations  as  a  contractor  and  builder.  He  was  a  veteran  of 
the  Civil  war,  having  been  a  member  of  Company  F.  California  Cavalry,  and 
he  ser\-ed  very  faithfully  in  the  Southwest,  principally  against  the  Indians. 
Politically,  he  was  a  Democrat. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Calvin  H.  Bingham  four  sons  and  one  daughter  were 
born,  named  in  order  of  birth  as  follows:  Ralph  E..  Fred  \\'..  Charles  C.  (of 
this  review).  Bertha  E.  and  E.  Frank. 

Charles  C.  Bingham  began  his  education  in  the  Jones  county  public 
schools  and  completed  it  in  the  Clinton  Business  College.  As  a  young  man 
he  worked  on  his  father's  farm  and  learned  the  carpenter's  trade,  also.  Finally 
he  began  clerking  in  the  drug  store  of  J.  W.  Evans,  with  whom  he  remained 
for  seven  and  one-half  years  on  South  Fourth  street,  Clinton.  On  January 
I.  1910.  he  started  a  grocery  store  at  No.  534  South  Sixth  street,  Lyons,  Iowa, 
where  he  built  up  an  excellent  patronage.  He  disposed  of  the  grocery  busi- 
ness February  i.  1911.  since  which  time  he  has  been  associated  with  the  drug 
firm  of  John  J.  Blodt  &  Company  of  Clinton. 

Mr.  Bingham  is  a  Blue  Lodge  Mason  and  he  is  a  member  of  the  ?\Iacca- 
bees.  He  was  married  on  June  3.  1908,  to  Emma  Belle  Scott,  who  was  born 
in  Clinton,  Iowa,  the  daughter  of  William  H.  and  ^Mary  Scott.  Her  father  is 
an  electrician  on  the  Chicago  &  Xorthwestern  electric  lighted  train.  To  ^Ir. 
and  ]\rrs.  Bingham  one  child  has  1)een  lx)rn.  named  Scott  Calvin,  whose  birth 
occurred  January  12.  1909. 


TOHN  W.  SMITH. 


Perhaps  no  resident  of  Center  township  is  better  or  more  favorably 
known  than  the  enterprising  young  farmer  and  representative  citizen  whose  life 
story  is  briefly  told  in  the  following  lines.  The  family  of  which  he  is  an  hon- 
ored representative  is  of  English  origin  and  has  not  been  known  so  xevy  long 
in  America,  but  no  better  citizens  have  come  to  Clinton  county  from  foreign 
shores  than  thev. 


796  '  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

John  W.  Smith  was  born  in  Berhn  township,  Chnton  county,  on  January 
25,  1870,  and  he  is  the  son  of  John  and  Mary  (Martin)  Smith  and  the  grand- 
son of  David  and  Rebecca  (Wilhs)  Smith,  natives  of  Lincohishire,  England, 
in  which  country  they  spent  their  hves  and  where  they  were  hving  when  sum- 
moned to  take  up  their  abode  in  the  mystic  beyond.  John  was  the  eldest  of  a 
family  of  three  children,  and  his  birth  occurred  in  Lincolnshire,  England, 
November  30,  1829.  In  the  year  1852  he  emigrated  to  America,  soon  after- 
wards coming  west  and  locating  at  Sabula,  Iowa,  where  he  found  employ- 
ment with  the  Northwestern  railroad,  later  working  for  the  Illinois  Central. 
He  worked  at  different  occupations  and  at  different  places  until  1863,  when  he 
came  to  Clinton  county  and  settled  on  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land  in 
section  12,  Berlin  township,  which  he  had  purchased  from  the  government  and 
where  he  continued  to  reside  until  he  removed  to  De  Witt  where  he  purchased 
a  good  property  and  where  he  has  continued  to  reside,  living  retired.  He  put 
extensive  improvements  on  his  farm,  and  by  econoni}-  and  energy  together 
with  the  active  co-operation  of  his  good  helpmeet  he  has  been  enabled  to  add 
to  his  original  purchase  until  at  the  present  time  he  is  the  proprietor  of  four- 
teen hundred  and  forty-tw'O  acres  of  good  tillable  land  in  Clinton  county.  The 
parents  of  the  subject  were  married  in  Bloomfield  township.  Clinton  county, 
March  20.  1867.  The  mother  was  born  in  Pennsylvania  May  18.  1840.  To 
their  union  five  children  were  born.  z\lbert,  John  W..  Willard.  Lizzie  (now 
Mrs.  Henry  Schmidt)  and  Robert. 

John  W.  Smith  received  a  good  common  school  education  and  remained 
on  the  home  farm  w  ith  his  parents  until  1898.  On  January  28,  1902.  he  was 
married  to  Emma  Levisen,  daughter  of  Christian  and  Minnie  ( Clasan )  Levi- 
sen.  Mrs.  Smith's  father  was  born  in  Schleswig,  Germany.  April  25.  1840. 
He  emigrated  from  Liverpool.  England,  with  his  parents.  Lawrence  and  Anna 
Cathrina  (Sebbance)  Levisen.  in  1852.  and  located  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
near  Bryant,  at  which  place  the  grandparents  died,  the  death  of  the  grand- 
father occurring  on  September  2,  1882.  and  that  of  the  grandmother  on  March 
9.  1890.  Mrs.  Smith's  parents  were  married  on  Januarv  7.  1863.  Her 
mother  was  born  on  No\-ember  26.  1843.  Mrs.  Smith's  parents,  having  re- 
tired from  the  farm,  now  reside  at  De  Witt.  Both  are  members  of  the  Ger- 
man Lutheran  church,  and  politically  Mr.  Levisen  is  a  Democrat.  They  were 
the  parents  of  seven  children,  one  of  whom.  Anna,  is  deceased ;  those  living 
are.  Lawrence;  Dora  L..  widow  of  Heniy  Christiansen,  deceased;  Charlie  F. ; 
Anna  C.  w'lie  of  Burns  Murphy;  Emma  AI..  wife  of  John  \\'.  Smith;  and 
William  C. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Smith  1:!egan  their  married  life  on  their  jiresent  farm  of 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  797 

two  Inindred  vnd  tliirtx'  acres,  which  is  located  just  west  of  Elvira.  Center 
townshij).  He  has  brought  this  place  up  to  a  high  state  of  improvement  and 
carries  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising  in  a  manner  that  stamps  him  as 
being  fully  abreast  of  the  times.  He  has  always  worked  hard  and  managed 
well  and  he  has  a  very  convenient  and  cozy  dwelling  and  substantial  out- 
buildings He  keeps  a  good  grade  of  live  stock  and  his  place  is  one  of  the 
most  desirable  in  the  community. 

Mr.  Smith  takes  an  abiding  interest  in  all  public  matters  and  in  politics 
he  is  a  Democrat  and  is  acti\e  in  party  work.  He  at  present  is  one  of  the 
trustees  of  his  township.  His  wife  is  a  member  of  the  English  Lutheran 
church,  of  which  ]\Ir.  Smith  is  an  attendant  and  liberal  contributor.  They  are 
the  parents  of  three  children,  Wesley,  born  April  i,  1903  ;  Marie,  born  Novem- 
ber 19.  1904.  and  Robert,  born  April  30.  1910. 


CARL  lORGEXSEX. 


The  gentleman  whose  name  forms  the  caption  of  this  review  is  a  factor 
of  no  small  importance  in  the  business  life  of  Lyons.  Iowa,  his  record  as  a 
straightforward  merchant  and  upright  citizen  entitling  him  to  an  honored 
place  in  the  life  of  the  community.  He  is  a  young  man.  has  had  the  ad- 
vantages of  a  present-day  education,  and  his  trained  brain  and  industrious 
habits  are  bringing  him  success  and  the  esteem  of  his  fellow  men. 

Carl  Jorgensen  is  a  native  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  ha\ing  been  born  nn  July  24. 
1884.  He  is  the  son  of  Louis  and  >\Iary  (Yuhl)  Jorgensen.  l)Oth  born  in 
Denmark,  the  father  on  Fel)ruary  9,  1858.  They  are  both  still  living.  They 
were  married  in  the  old  country,  where  they  were  educated  and  grew  to  ma- 
turitv  anfl  s])ent  their  early  life.  They  emigrated  to  America  and  located  in 
Clinton,  Iowa,  where  they  became  \ery  comfortably  established.  Louis 
Jorgensen  conducted  a  general  feed  and  flour  mill  in  Clinton  with  a  large  de- 
gree of  success,  until  1907,  when  he  retired.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Danish 
Lutheran  church.  His  family  consists  of  one  son.  Carl,  of  this  re^'iew,  and 
two  daughters,  Evira  and  Mrs.  Minnie  Nissen. 

Carl  Jorgensen  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton,  and  after 
leaving  the  school  room  he  worked  in  a  printing  office  for  two  years,  but  not 
taking  any  too  kindly  to  this  line  of  endeavor  he  turned  his  attention  to 
merchandising,  and  first  clerked  in  the  groceries  of  Hans  Peper  and  M.  A. 
Nissen,  respectively,  and  thereby  accjuired  a  complete  knowledge  of  this  line 


798    '  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

of  work,  which  has  stood  him  in  good  stead  in  his  subsequent  hfe.  Saving 
his  money  and  leaving  nothing  neglected  whereby  he  could  advance  his  knowl- 
edge of  the  business,  he  was  enabled  in  1908  to  purchase  the  grocery  of  F.  W. 
Damour.  taking  up  the  store  and  trade  where  the  former  left  off,  and  he  has 
continued  the  same  with  very  satisfactory  results,  building  up  the  stock  and 
increasing  the  patronage  of  the  store  until  he  is  now  one  of  the  busiest  grocers 
in  the  city.  He  conducts  a  general  grocery,  flour  and  feed  store  on  South 
Sixth  street,  Lyons.  His  place  is  managed  under  an  excellent  system  and 
general  satisfaction  is  given,  at  all  times,  to  his  many  customers,  for  here  they 
know  they  get  a  square  deal,  which  has  ever  been  Mr.  Jorgensen's  watchword. 

Mr.  Jorgensen  was  married  on  September  11,  1908,  to  Agnes  John,  who 
w-as  born  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  February  14,  1888.  the  daughter  of  Henr}^  and 
Catherine  John,  natives  of  Germany  and  a  highly  respected  family. 

Mr.  Jorgensen  is  a  member  of  the  Danish  society,  also  the  Independent 
Order  of  Odd  Fellows,  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America  and  the  Woodmen 
of  the  World,  and  he  stands  high  in  all  of  these  worthy  organizations. 


RICHARD  J.  GIBSON. 

Richard  J.  Gibson,  well  known  citizen  of  Center  township,  Clinton  county, 
is  one  who,  endow^ed  by  nature  with  the  qualities  w^hich  insure  success,  has 
made  good  use  of  his  natural  advantages.  Perhaps  there  is  no  career  which 
excites  more  interest  than  that  of  the  farmer  lad.  Strong,  healthy  in  mind 
and  body,  filled  with  ambition,  he  starts  out  with  full  assurance  that  he  can 
achieve  his  ideals,  and,  as  the  history  of  our  broad  land  has  shown,  often, 
indeed,  his  hopes  are  realized  and  he  is  crowned  with  success  in  the  field  of  his 
chosen  endeavor.  Such  a  youth  was  the  one  w' e  review.  Commencing  his 
life  work  with  his  father's  farm,  he  there  learned  all  the  varied  departments  of 
an  agriculturist's  work,  and  then  in  early  manhood,  alone  and  practically  un- 
aided, he  started  upon  his  own  account  to  make  his  way  in  the  world,  with 
what  success  it  is  the  purpose  of  this  narrative  to  show. 

Mr.  Gibson  was  born  on  February  10,  1844,  i^i  Butler  county,  Pennsyl- 
vania, and  he  is  the  scion  of  a  sterling  old  family  of  the  Keystone  state,  being 
the  son  of  William  R.  and  Martha  (McChesney)  Gibson.  These  parents 
grew  to  maturity,  w^ere  educated  and  married  in  the  East,  and  in  1852  they 
came  to  the  rapidly  developing  Middle  West,  locating  in  Jackson  county.  Iowa, 
bringing  their  family  of  six  children,  whose  names  are  given  as  follows: 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  799 

Robert  M.,  Thomas  J..  Josiah  H..  Joseph  L..  Richard  J.  (of  this  review), 
WiUiam  R.  (deceased),  and  Samuel  AI.  (deceased).  The  father  purchased 
land  in  Jackson  county,  near  Andrew,  where  he  and  his  wife  spent  the  re- 
maining years  of  their  lives,  engaged  in  farming  and  stock  raising.  Robert, 
William  and  Samuel  Gibson  all  served  in  the  Civil  war.  The  father,  William 
R.  Gibson,  was  a  Republican  in  politics  and  he  and  his  wife  were  members  of 
the  United  Presbyterian  church.  They  were  highly  respected  people  and  well 
known  among  the  early  settlers. 

Richard  J.  Gibson,  of  this  sketch,  received  a  common  school  education 
and  grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  farm,  which  he  worked  when  a  boy,  assist- 
ing in  the  development  of  the  same  from  the  wilderness  and  with  the  general 
crops  during  the  summer  months,  attending  the  neighboring  schools  in  the 
wintertime.  On  October  lo,  1872,  he  married  Malissa  Hamilton,  daughter 
of  George  and  Rebecca  (Strain)  Hamilton,  of  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  who 
were  natives  of  Pennsylvania,  from  which  state  they  came  to  Jackson  county, 
Iowa,  in  1855,  being  among  the  early  and  best  known  settlers  of  the  county. 
Thev  were  the  parents  of  ten  children,  seven  sons  and  three  daughters.  Mr. 
Gibson  began  his  married  life  on  his  farm  of  eighty  acres  in  Center  township, 
which  he  sold  in  1881  and  in  1886  purchased  five  hundred  acres  just  west  of 
Elvira.  He  was  successful  from  the  first  and  as  he  prospered  he  farmed  on  a 
larger  scale.  His  present  fine  farm  consists  of  four  hundred  and  sixty  acres, 
which  he  has  placed  under  modern  and  high  class  improvements  in  every 
respect,  it  being  considered  one  of  the  best  kept  and  most  desirable  farms  in 
the  county.  It  is  thoroughly  drained  with  tile.  He  has  a  large,  attractive  and 
comfortable  dwelling  and  a  convenient  and  substantial  group  of  outbuildings. 
His  large,  well  kept,  shady,  shrub-covered  lawn  is  beautiful  to  the  passerby, 
and  everything  about  his  place  indicates  taste,  thrift  and  excellent  manage- 
ment, in  fact,  this  is  a  model  farm.  Mr.  Gibson  buys,  raises  and  feeds  much 
stock,  keeping  the  best  grades  of  all  kinds,  and  he  grazes  large  herds  of  cattle 
each  year.     No  small  part  of  his  annual  income  is  derived  from  live  stock. 

The  United  Presbyterian  church  has  the  support  and  holds  the  member- 
ship of  Mr.  Gibson  and  his  family.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  he  is 
well  read  on  current  topics,  having  become  a  well  informed  man  on  political 
and  civic  topics  and  the  world's  best  literature.  He  has  never  sought  political 
office,  preferring  to  devote  his  attention  exclusively  to  his  individual  affairs. 

Three  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Gibson.  William  B., 
Florence  L.  and  Myra  M.,  all  living  at  home.  They  are  well  educated;  the 
son,  William  B.,  took  a  commercial  course  at  Clinton  and  Florence  attended 
college  at  Monmouth,  Illinois. 


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800  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

GIDEON  ALONZO  RUSSELL. 

This  veneral)le  and  highly  honored  citizen  of  Lyons,  Clinton  county, 
is  eminently  entitled  to  conspicuous  mention  in  this  history,  owing  to  the 
fact  that  he  is  a  pioneer  of  this  section,  having  seen  and  participated  in  the 
development  of  the  same  from  the  early  days.  The  life  he  has  led  is  one  of 
commendation  and  worthy  of  emulation  by  younger  generations,  for  it  has 
been  led  along  lines  of  usefulness  and  integrity.  He  is  an  interesting  talker 
on  the  early  conditions  here  and  of  the  subsequent  development  of  the  county. 
He  has  been  successful  in  the  various  lines  of  endea^'or  to  which  he  has  ad- 
dressed himself  and  is  worthy  of  the  universal  esteem  in  which  he  is  held. 

Mr.  Russell  hail's  from  the  old  Empire  state  and  is  a  scion  of  a  sterling 
family  of  the  same,  his  birth  having  occurred  in  Otsego  county.  New  York, 
January  25.  1828.  He  is  the  son  of  Gideon  H.  and  Waitstill  (Pierce)  Rus- 
sell. His  father  was  born  in  the  state  of  New  York  and  there  he  grew  to 
maturity,  was  educated  in  the  old-time  schools  and  married, — in  fact,  spent 
his  life  there  engaged  in  agricultural  pursuits,  and  he  and  his  wife  died  in 
that  state. 

Gideon  A.  Russell  was  reared  on  the  home  farm,  where  he  assisted 
with  the  general  work  about  the  place  during  his  boyhood  days,  and  when  a 
young  man  he  learned  the  carpenter's  trade,  and  when  twenty-six  years  old, 
in  1854,  he  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  settling  at  Lyons,  and  established 
a  sash  and  door  shop,  which  he  maintained  for  a  period  of  thirty-five  years 
and  was  very  successful,  enjoying  an  excellent  and  ever  increasing  business. 
He  turned  out  a  \'ery  fine  grade  of  work  and  was  very  careful  to  please  his 
patrons  in  every  respect,  alw^ays  honest  and  obhging  in  his  dealings.  In  1.861 
he  built  and  established  a  factory  for  making  sashes  and  doors,  also  dressing 
lumber,  his  place  of  business  being  next  to  the  present  public  square  of  Lyons. 

In  1889  Mr.  Russell  began  dealing  in  farm  loans  and  real  estate  business, 
and  in  a  small  way  he  continues  the  same  at  present.  He  has  been  successful 
in  this  line  of  Endeavor  and  now  in  the  declining  years  of  his  life  he  finds 
himself  very  comfortably  situated  in  his  cozy  home  at  No.  300  South  Fifth 
street,  Lyons.  Politically,  he  is  independent,  and  while  he  lias  always  taken 
more  than  a  passing  interest  in  political  and  ])ul;ric  affairs,  he  has  not  been 
an  office-seeker. 

Mr.  Russell  was  married  on  March  16.  1854,  to  Mary  Pier,  of  Otsego 
county.  New  York,  who  was  born  January  5,  1838.  To  this  union  five  chil- 
dren were  born,  namely:  George  E..  who  died  in  1874;  Alice,  who  died  in 
1860:  Ada.  who  died  in   1870;  Fannie  J.,  the  wife  of  .Alonzo  Firman,  of 


GIDEON  A.   RUSSELL 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  8oi 

Lvons ;  l-red  A.,  whu  is  a  well-known  author  and  li\es  in  Xew  York.  The 
mother  of  these  chihh'en  passed  to  her  rest  on  November  14,  1871.  and  ^Ir. 
Russell'  was  married  on  January  21,  1874.  to  Emaline  Kellogg,  of  Otsego 
county.  Xew  York.  To  the  last  union  two  children  were  l)urn,  Lynn"  K., 
of  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  Gertrude,  wife  of  Frank  Albam,  li\ing  in  Alarshall- 
town,  Iowa. 


LOUIS  J.  BORMANN. 

One  of  the  suljstantial  citizens  of  Lyons,  Iowa,  is  the  gentleman  to  a 
review  of  whose  life  work  the  attention  of  the  reader  is  now  called,  Louis 
J.  Bormann,  well  known  grocer,  who,  though  a  young  man.  has  forged  ahead 
and  is  winning  the  confidence  and  esteem  of  those  with  whom  he  has  dealings. 
W'liile  advancing  his  own  interests,  he  does  not  lose  sight  of  the  fact  that  it 
is  his  duty  to  lend  his  influence  in  furthering  the  interests  of  his  communit}'. 

Mr.  Bormann  was  Ijorn  in  L}'ons,  Clinton  county,  December  9,  i'887. 
He  is  the  son  of  Jacob  Bormann,  who  was  born  in  Germany,  on  the  banks  of 
"the  lovely  castled  Rhine  river."  He  was  a  stock  Ijuyer  by  occupation  and  he 
spent  most  of  his  life  in  America,  having  come  to  our  shores  with  his  parents 
when  twelve  years  of  age.  They  located  on  a  farm  near  Sugar  Creek,  Iowa, 
where  Jacob  was  reared,  educated  and  where  he  Axorked  on  the  home  place. 
A\'hen  he  reached  man's  estate  he  moved  to  Lyons,  Iowa,  and  started  a  grocery 
store  in  the  Hannaher  block..  He  met  with  success,  but  finallv  sold  out  and 
became  a  grain  and  stock  l)U}er  and  did  an  extensive  business  in  this  direction. 
He  served  three  years  as  a  soldier  in  the  Ci\il  war,  being  a  member  of  Com- 
pany K,  Twenty-sixth  Iowa  \^olunteer  Infantry,  and  he  was  wounded  four 
times,  but  recovered.  He  saw  some  hard  ser\ice  and  was  in  manv  great  bat- 
tles, being  also  with  Sherman  on  his  march  to  the  sea.  He  was  a  German 
Catholic  in  religious  matters.  His  death  occurred  when  his  son,  Louis  J.,  was 
a  small  lad. 

Louis  J.  Borman  has  three  brothers  and  two  sisters,  namelv :  AI.  B.  lives 
in  Clinton;  John  J.  is  a  traveling  salesman;  Frank  J.  is  railroading;  Airs. 
Christina  Schoenfeller ;  Airs.  Lena  AI.  Anderson. 

The  subject  was  educated  in  St.  Bonica's  parochial  school  at  Lvons.  and 
after  leaving  the  school  room  to  l^egin  life  for  himself  he  started  out  as  a 
clerk  in  C.  H.  Wulf's  retail  grocery  store  in  Lyons,  remaining  there  three 
years.  He  then  spent  (jne  year  in  a  dry  goods  store  and  one  and  one-half 
years  in  a  tea  and  coffee  store  as  clerk.     All  the  while  he  was  laving  u])  a 

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802  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

valuable  store  of  information  for  subsequent  use  in  tbe  mercantile  world.  He 
and  bis  brotber  Jobn  J.  opened  a  grocery  store  in  Lyons  under  tbe  firm  name 
of  Bormann  Brotbers.  Tbey  continued  in  business  only  a  sbort  time,  wben 
tbev  sold  out  and  Louis  J.  went  to  Wyoming  and  Montana,  wdiere  be  re- 
mained one  year,  principally  to  ascertain  wbether  be  liked  tbe  business  and 
otber  conditions  tbere.  Believing  tbat  be  could  succeed  better  in  bis  borne 
countrv,  be  returned  to  Lyons  in  tbe  spring  of  1907  and  opened  a  grocery 
store  in  this  town,  in  partnership  witb  bis  brotber,  F.  J.  He  bought  out  the 
latter  in  1908  and  since  tbat  time  has  conducted  tbe  business  alone  and  is 
enjoying  a  very  liberal  patronage  .wdiicb  is  constantly  increasing.  He  keeps  a 
neat  and  up-to-date  stock  and  is  known  as  a  young  man  whose  word  can 
be  relied  upon  and  whose  good  intentions  cannot  be  cjuestioned.  He  is  a 
genial  and  progressive  gentleman  whom  customers  like  to  patronize  because  of 
bis  integrity  and  pleasant  manners.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church 
and  of  the  Woodmen  of  the  World. 

Mr.  Bormann  was  married  on  June  14,  1910,  to  Emma  M.  Galbraith, 
who  was  born  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  tbe  daughter  of  Henry  H.  Galbraith, 
a  well  established  farmer  of  this  countv. 


EDWARD  JOSEPH  HALE. 

Among  tbe  citizens  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  whose  lives  have  been  led  along 
such  worthv  lines  of  endea\'or  tbat  they  have  endeared  themselves  to  their 
fellow  citizens,  thereby  being  eligible  for  representation  in  a  volume  of  this 
nature,  is  tbe  gentleman  whose  name  appears  above,  a  man  who  has  worked 
bard  for  what  he  has  achieved  and  who  is  eminently  deserving  of  tbe  large 
success  that  he  has  achieved. 

Edward  Joseph  Hale,  well  known  grocer  of  this  city,  was  born  in  Port- 
land, Connecticut,  October  15,  1867,  being  of  a  most  excellent  family  of  the 
old  Nutmeg  state.  Lie  is  the  son  of  Joseph  and  Rosella  (Edwards)  Hale,  tbe 
former  born  in  Connecticut,  in  May,  1844,  of  good  Yankee  blood,  and  the 
mother  was  Ijorn  in  the  same  state  in  June,  1848,  also  of  a  sterling  New  Eng- 
land family.  Joseph  Hale  owned  a  small  farm  and  raised  tobacco  and  in  1874 
he  emigrated  with  his  family  to  Cedar  county,  Iowa,  where  he  bought  a  farm 
and  managed  it  until  1885,  when  he  moved  to  Clinton,  this  county,  and  was 
engaged  in  gardening  for  the  city  markets  until  1885.  wben  be  entered  the 
grocery  business  at  No.  548  Second  avenue,  remaining  in  business  until  June, 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA,  803 

1910,  when  he  sold  out  and  prepared  to  move  to  Washington  and  retire  from 
active  life.  He  has  worked  hard  and  managed  well  and  therefore  he  has  an 
ample  competency  for  his  declining  years. 

Two  sons  were  l)()rn  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Joseph  Hale,  Edward  J.,  of  this 
review,  and  William  Louis,  wlio  owned  a  grocery  store  at  Xo.  214  South 
Fourth  street.  Ijut  who  is  now  li\ing  retired  and  owns  a  large  ranch  in  the 
West. 

Edw^ard  J.  Hale  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  of  Cedar  county, 
Iowa,  and  there  grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  farm.  He  came  to  Clinton 
with  his  father  in  1885  ^^'""^  f*'^'  ^  period  of  five  years  assisted  him  in  garden- 
ing. He  then  learned  the  printer's  trade,  but  not  fancying  the  ''art  preserva- 
ti\"e"'  as  a  life  work,  he  al)andoned  the  case  and  began  working  as  a  brakeman 
for  the  Northwestern  railroad,  being  thus  employed  for  a  period  of  five  years. 
Tiring  of  the  hardships  attending  the  life  of  a  railway  trainman,  Mr.  Hale 
finally  entered  the  grocery  business  at  No.  550  Second  avenue,  Clinton,  and 
here  he  has  kept  a  popular,  well  furnished  and  well  managed  store,  and  has 
been  very  successful,  being  a  man  of  progressive  ideas  and  honorable  and  con- 
siderate in  his  dealings  v  ith  the  public.  His  store  is  patronized  by  Clinton's 
best  people. 

Politically,  Mr.  Hale  is  a  Democrat ;  he  is  commander  in  the  ]\Iaccabee 
lodge,  and  is  a  member  of  the  First  Methodist  church  of  Clinton. 

Mr.  Hale  was  united  in  marriage  with  Mary  Huber  on  June  15,  1893. 
She  was  liorn  ^^larch  9,  1870,  at  Elgin.  Illinois,  and  is  the  daughter  of  Charles 
and  Eva  Huber.  Her  father,  who  is  a  tailor  by  trade,  was  born  in  Baden, 
Germany,  but  has  spent  much  of  his  life  in  America.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hale 
have  one  child,  Bruce  Edward,  who  was  born  March  30.  1896.  The  Hale 
family  perpetuates  the  name  Edward  in  eveiy  generation. 


MATTHEW  J.  ^lELVIX. 

The  gentleman  to  whom  the  l)iographer  now  calls  the  reader's  attention 
was  not  favored  l)y  inherited  wealth  or  the  assistance  of  influential  friends, 
but  in  s])ite  of  this,  by  perseverance,  industry  and  wise  economy,  he  has  at- 
tained a  comfortable  station  in  life  and  is  well  and  fa\-oral3ly  known  in  ])usi- 
ness.  social  and  other  circles  of  Clinton,  as  a  result  of  the  industrious  life  he 
has  lived  here  and  the  consistent  course  he  has  followed. 

]Matthew  I.  IMehin.  a  thriftv  grocer  of  this  citv,  was  l)orn  in  I^elaware 


804  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

City,  Delaware.  Deceml^er  6.  1856.  He  is  the  son  of  Owen  and  Bridget 
(Rogan)  Melvin,  who  were  hoth  lioni  in  county  Shgo,  Ireland,  where  they 
grew  to  maturity,  were  educated  and  where  they  married  young  in  life,  soon 
afterwards  moving  to  Scotland  where  they  lived  a  few  years,  Mr.  Melvin 
Avorking  as  a  general  laborer.  In  1854  they  emigrated  to  America  and  located 
in  Delaware  City,  Delaware,  where  they  were  soon  the  owners  of  a  comfortable 
home.  During  the  Civil  war,  Mr.  Melvin  assisted  in  Iniilding  a  number  of 
fortifications  for  the  Union,  especially  in  the  vicinity  of  Delaware  City  and  at 
Key  West,  Florida,  also  other  similar  work  for  the  United  States  govern- 
ment. In  1863  he  and  his  family  moved  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  where  he 
continued  to  reside  until  his  death  in  1901.  His  wife  is  also  dead.  He  was 
a  stanch  and  ironclad  Democrat  in  political  affairs,  and  he  and  his  wife  were 
members  of  the  Roman  Catholic  church.  They  were  the  parents  of  only  two 
children.  Matthew  J.  of  this  review,  and  a  daughter,  Catherine,  who  married 
Peter  Rimmer,  of  Clinton,  Iowa.  This  couple  died,  leaving  two  children, 
Helen,  who  now  lives  with  Matthew  J.  Melvin,  of  this  review,  and  teaches 
school ;  and  Lawrence,  who  now  carries  on  a  transfer  business  in  Clinton. 

Matthew  J.  Melvin  received  his  early  education  in  the  common  schools 
of  Clinton  county  and  then  attended  the  Metropolitan  College  at  Chicago, 
taking  a  general  business  course.  Thus  well  equipped  for  a  business  career 
and  inclining  toward  a  mercantile  life,  he  began  clerking  in  a  retail  grocery 
store  in  Chicago  and  there  learned  the  foundations  of  the  mercantile  business. 
He  remained  in  Chicago  eleven  years,  then  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  worked 
in  the  Callan  groceiy  store  for  sixteen  years,  gixing  entire  satisfaction  as  a 
courteous  and  able  clerk,  popular  with  the  patrons  of  the  store.  In  1907  he 
bought  out  his  employer  at  X^o.  914  South  Fourth  street,  Clinton,  and  has  since 
been  successfully  engaged  in  the  grocery  business  at  this  place,  ha\'ing  one 
of  the  best  known  and  1)est  stocked  stores  in  the  city,  which  is  patronized  by 
the  best  people  in  this  vicinity. 

Mr.  Melvin  is  a  Democrat,  but  has  never  aspired  to  oflices  of  public 
trust  and  emolument.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church  and  the 
Knights  of  Columbus,  also  the  Catholic  Order  of  Foresters. 

Mr.  Melvin  was  married  on  April  30.  1886.  to  Mary  Rogan,  who  was 
born  in  Chicago,  on  May  i,-i859,  the  daughter  of  William  and  Sarah  Rogan, 
natives  of  Ireland.  Mrs.  Melvin  died  on  her  birthday,  when  only  twenty-nine 
years  old.  She  was  an  estimable  character  and  had  hosts  of  friends.  One 
child  born  to  this  union  died  when  very  young. 

Mr.  ]\Ieh'in  is  known  to  the  business  world  here  as  a  man  whose  integrity 
is  unassailable  and  he  has  the  undivided  respect  of  all  who  know  him. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  805 

WILLIAM  S.  RICE. 

Among  the  farmers  of  Center  township,  tlie  "garden  spot  of  Chnton 
conntv."  none  is  more  efficient  nor  l)ears  a  more  respected  name  than  Mr.  Rice. 
The  son  of  one  of  the  ahlest  farmers  and  most  worthy  residents  of  the  town- 
ship, he  has  himself  in  ah  respects  proved  him.self  a  crecHt  to  the  stock  from 
wliich  he  sprnng. 

\\^ilham  S.  Rice  was  l^orn  on  March  3.  1865.  in  Chnton  comity,  the  son 
of  John  F.  and  Ehza  (Hice)  Rice,  hoth  natives  of  Pennsyh-ania.  John  F. 
Rice  was  l)orn  on  September  15,  1*825,  his  wife  on  Jnne  7,  1828.  They  were 
married  on  Febrnary  13,  1851,  and  emigrated  to  Chnton  county  on  March  4, 
1864.  For  four  years  Mr.  Rice  rented  land,  then  purchased  a  farm  of  eighty 
acres  one-half  mile  east  of  Elvira,  on  which  he  has  lived  continuously  since 
1867.  \\dien  purchased,  the  farm  was  poorly  improved,  but  he  has  by  careful 
management  and  industry  improved  it  and  brought  his  soil  up  to  a  higher  fer- 
tilitv.  There  is  a  large  maple  grove  near  his  residence  which  he  planted  from 
seed,  and  which  has  reached  a  height  of  sixty  to  ninety  feet,  and  this  with  the 
various  kinds  of  fruit  and  shrubbery  surrounding  the  home  give  to  it  the  ap- 
pearance of  a  long  established  homestead,  which  it  is.  John  F.  Rice  is  enjoying 
good  health  at  the  age  of  eighty-five,  his  wife  at  eighty-two,  a  much  respected 
couple.  One  of  his  brothers,  Conrad,  is  living  at  Elvira,  aged  ninety-three, 
another,  \Mlliam  F.,  lives  at  Clinton,  wlfile  his  sister,  Mrs.  Mary  Fulton,  the 
remaining  member  of  the  family,  is  li\'ing  in  the  state  of  Delaware.  Mrs. 
Rice's  parents  were  natives  of  Pennsylvania,  and  had  a  family  of  eight  chil- 
dren, of  whom  five  are  li^•ing.  Three  of  her  l^'others  ser\-ed  in  the  Civil  war, 
one  of  whom  died  from  a  long  confinement  in  Andersonville  prison.  Both 
Mr.  and  ]\Irs.  Rice  are  meml^ers  of  the  Lutheran  church  at  Elvira,  and  are 
reckoned  among  its  strongest  supporters.  They  were  the  ])arents  of  five 
children,  all  of  whom  died  young  of  diphtheria,  except  William  S. 

W^illiam  S.  Rice,  with  tlie  exception  of  two  years  spent  in  western 
Nebraska,  has  made  his  home  with  his  parents,  being  unmarried,  and  has 
charge  of  the  farm.  He  is  also  the  owner  of  a  complete  threshing  outfit,  which 
he  finds  a  profitable  investment.  Active  in  all  public  enterprises,  he  is  one  of 
the  well  known  and  respected  young  men  of  his  county,  and  has  served  as 
school  director  and  secretary  of  the  school  board  for  some  years.  In  1890 
and  1900  he  took  the  census  of  his  township  for  the  government.  Mr.  Rice 
is  well  read  and  well  informed  on  all  subjects.  His  religious  affiliations  are 
with  the  Lutheran  church,  and  he  takes  a  prominent  part  in  the  activities  of 
the  church,  as  do  all  the  members  of  the  Rice  family. 


8o6  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

PETER  J.  OWENS. 

xA.  native  son  of  Clinton  connty,  and  one  of  the  prosperous  farmers  and 
representative  citizens  of  the  community  in  which  he  resides,  the  subject  of 
this  sketch  was  born  on  the  family  homestead  in  Hampshire  township,  Sep- 
tember I,  1855.  His  father,  James  Owen,  was  born  in  Ireland  in  the  year 
181 5,  and  married  there,  when  a  young  man,  Bridget  Gallagher,  who  was  also 
a  native  of  the  Emerald  Isle.  Not  long  after  this  marriage,  these  parents 
emigrated  to  the  United  States,  and  in  the  early  fifties  came  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  and  settled  in  Hampshire,  where  Mr.  Owens  bought  one  hundred  and 
sixty  acres  of  land,  which  he  improved,  and  on  which  he  lived  and  prospered 
until  1890,  when  he  turned  the  farm  over  to  his  son,  Peter,  and  moved  to 
Lyons,  where  he  spent  the  remainder  of  his  days  in  retirement,  dying  in  the 
month  of  June,  1909.  He  was  a  man  of  industrious  and  frugal  habits, 
achieved  gratifying  success  as  a  tiller  of  the  soil,  and  stood  high  in  the  esteem 
and  confidence  of  his  neighbors  and  fellow  citizens.  A  Roman  Catholic  in 
religion,  he  was  active  in  the  work  of  his  church,  also  manifested  a  commend- 
able interest  in  the  affairs  of  his  township  and  at  one  time  served  as  trustee  of 
the  same.  James  and  Bridget  Owens  had  two  children,  Mrs.  Anna  McLaugh- 
lin, of  Scott  county,  this  state,  and  Peter  J.,  whose  name  introduces  this  sketch. 

Peter  J.  Owens'  early  life  was  spent  on  the  farm  which  he  now  owns, 
and  he  grew  to  maturity  in  close  touch  with  the  soil  and  with  well  defined 
ideas  of  the  duties  and  responsibilities  which  he  would  ultimately  assume  as  a 
man  and  citizen.  His  labor  in  the  fields  was  varied  during  certain  months  by 
attendance  at  the  district  schools  of  his  neighborhood,  and  after  attaining  his 
majority  he  worked  for  some  time  on  the  home  farm  for  his  father.  Later 
he  left  the  parental  roof  and  was  absent  seven  years,  at  the  expiration  of 
which  period  he  returned  home  and  assumed  the  management  of  the  farm, 
and  after  the  death  of  his  father  he  succeeded  to  the  homestead,  which,  as 
already  stated,  he  now  owns.  The  place  which  contains  two  hundred  and 
forty  acres  of  very  fine  land,  lies  in  one  of  the  most  productive  agricultural 
districts  of  Hampshire  township  and  is  admirably  adapted  to  general  farming 
and  stock  raising,  comparing  favorably  with  any  like  number  of  acres  in  the 
county.  The  buildings  are  substantial  and  up-to-date,  the  fencing  is  of  best 
quality,  and  the  excellent  condition  of  the  soil,  together  with  the  general  ap- 
pearance of  thrift  which  pervades  the  farm  throughout,  bear  testimony  to 
the  enterprise  of  the  proprietor  and  indicates  to  the  passerl)y  a  modern  Ameri- 
can home,  in  which  thrift,  content  and  hospitality  abound. 

Mr.  Owens,  like  his  father  before  him,  is  a  Catholic  in  his  religious  be- 


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Hef  and  a  loyal  son  of  the  mother  church,  his  family  being  identified  witli  the 
same.  He  is  zealous  in  the  various  lines  of  good  work  under  the  auspices  of 
the  church,  including  the  Knights  of  Columbus,  a  fraternal  and  benevolent 
order  of  great  merit,  and  also  lends  his  aid  and  influence  to  further  all  meas- 
ures for  the  material  prosperity  of  the  community  and  the  social  and  moral 
advancement  of  his  fellowmen.  The  domestic  life  of  Mr.  Owens  dates  from 
1880,  in  April  of  which  year  was  solemnized  his  marriage  with  Alary  A. 
Laughery.  of  Elk  River  township.  Clinton  county,  and  a  daughter  of  Patrick 
and  Mary  Laughery,  whose  ancestors  Avere  nati\-es  of  Ireland.  Five  children 
are  the  pledges  of  this  union,  namely:  John  J.,  Clara.  Leo  P.,  Dorin  and 
Alice,  all  living.  Those  doing  for  themselves  are  well  settled  in  life  and 
greatly  esteemed  in  their  respective  places  of  residence. 

Leo  Peter  Owens,  second  son  and  third  child  of  Peter  J.  and  Bridget 
(Laughery)  Owens,  was  born  in  Lyons,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on  the  21st 
day  of  February.  1886.  As  indicated  in  the  preceding  sketch,  his  family  is 
one  of  the  oldest  and  best  known  in  the  township  of  Hampshire,  nearly,  if  not 
C[uite,  sixty  years  having  dissolved  in  the  mists  of  the  past  since  his  grand- 
father, James  Owens,  left  the  Emerald  Isle  and  established  a  home  in  the 
sparsely  settled  county  of  Clinton,  now  one  of  the  finest  and  most  progressive 
counties  of  eastern  Iowa.  At  the  proper  age,  young  Leo  entered  the  public 
schools  of  Lvons,  which  he  attended  for  some  vears.  the  training  he  received 
being  afterwards  supplemented  by  a  course  in  the  Sisters'  school,  under  the 
auspices  of  the  Catholic  church  at  the  same  place.  Having  early  manifested 
a  decided  preference  for  agriculture,  he  turned  his  attention  to  the  same  on 
arriving  at  an  age  to  begin  life  for  himself,  and  for  some  time  thereafter 
cultivated  a  part  of  the  family  homestead  in  Hampshire  township.  Since 
1907,  however,  he  has  been  running  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixt}'  acres  in 
the  southern  part  of  said  township,  his  success  the  meanwhile  being  very 
encouraging,  as  is  indicated  Ijy  the  thrifty  condition  of  his  farm  and  the  in- 
fluential place  he  occupies  among  the  leading  agriculturists  and  stock  raisers 
of  the  locality  in  which  he  resides. 

Air.  Owens  is  enterprising  and  puljlic  spirited,  not  only  as  a  farmer,  but 
as  a  citizen,  and  ever  since  attaining  his  majority  he  has  kept  in  touch  with 
the  times  on  the  leading  questions  before  the  people  and  the  issues  on  which 
men  and  parties  divide.  In  state  and  national  affairs  he  is  a  Democrat,  but 
in  matters  local,  he  lets  politics  cut  no  figure,  giving  his  support  to  the  candi- 
dates best  Cjualified  for  the  offices  to  which  they  aspire,  irrespective  of  party 
ties.  Fraternally  he  belongs  to  the  Woodmen  of  the  World,  and  religiously 
the  Catholic  church  holds  his  creed.     Reared  under  the  influence  of  the  mother 


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church,  he  has  endeavored  to  make  his  hfe  reflect  its  principles  and  teachings, 
and  he  is  today  among  the  influential  members  of  the  congregation,  with  which 
bodv  his  wife  and  children  are  also  identified. 

On  June  2'8,  1901,  Air.  Owens  was  united  in  the  holy  bonds  of  wedlock 
with  Susie  Manning,  of  Clinton  county,  the  marriage  being  blessed  with  four 
children,  namelv :  Alary  Gertrude,  James  Legora,  Joseph  Francis  and  Helen 
Margaret.  Air.  and  Airs.  Owens  are  quite  popular  and  move  in  the  best  social 
circles  of  the  community  in  which  they  reside.  Although  primarily  interested 
in  their  own  children,  whom  they  are  endeavoring  to  rear  to  lives  of  useful- 
ness and  honor,  they  are  not  unmindful  of  the  welfare  of  others.  E\-ery 
laudable  means  for  the  moral  advancement  of  the  young  people  of  their  neigh- 
borhood is  sure  to  enlist  their  co-operation  and  support,  and  in  their  daily  lives 
thev  exempli fv  principles  of  honor  and  integrity,  which  bespeak  a  high 
standard  of  manhood  and  womanhood. 


THOAIAS  D.  GRUAISTRUP. 

In  this  review  is  mentioned  another  member  of  a  very  worthy  family 
who  ha\'e  demonstrated  their  worth  in  numerous  ways.  He  is  descended 
from  clean  Danish  ancestry,  from  that  nation  which  has  above  most  others 
cause  to  be  proud  of  the  character  of  its  people,  a  nation  of  honest,  sober, 
intelligent.  God-fearing  people,  whose  general  intelligence,  standard  of  edu- 
cation and  common  morality  is  higher  than  that  of  almost  any  European 
nation,  for  they  have  not  set  to  work  to  colonize  and  exploit  all  the  other 
portions  of  the  world  which  they  could  obtain,  but  have  been  content  with 
modest  colonial  ventures,  and  ha\e  given  the  time,  monev.  and  attention 
which  other  nations  devote  to  colonization  to  the  development  of  their  home 
country,  with  results  which  the  world  can  plainly  notice  in  the  development 
of  their  citizens  and  of  their  natural  resources.  The  Grumstrup  family  are 
splendid  representatives  of  that  stock. 

Thomas  D.  Grumstrup  was  born  in  Denmark,  December  8,  1868,  a 
son  of  Xis  N.  Grumstrup,  for  whom  see  sketch  of  W^alda  AI.  Grumstrup. 
Thomas  was  five  years  old  when  the  family  came  to  America  and  located  in 
Clinton.  He  learned  the  woodworker's  or  cabinetmaker's  trade,  and  until 
1906  was  an  employe  of  Curtiss  Brothers,  when  he  and  one  of  his  brothers 
started  a  cabinetmakers'  shop  known  as  Hansen,  Grumstrup  &  Companv, 
which    lasted   about    fourteen    months.      Then    the    family    virtuallv    bought 


HENRY  WARNING 
WALDA  M.  GRUMSTRUP  THOMAS  D.   GRUMSTRUP 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  809 

out  the  entire  Anderson  luirnitnre  Company,  and  Tliomas  Grumstrui)  was 
made  vice-president.  The  company  has  since  heen  prosperous.  He  is  inde- 
pendent in  politics,  is  a  meml)er  of  the  Danisli  Brotlierhood  and  of  the 
Danish  Society. 

^\v.  (irumstrup  was  united  in  marriage  on  Septeml)er  1.  i8g2,  to  ?\Iinnie 
Hansen,  a  nati\"e  <^f  (lermany,  daughter  of  Ferchnand  and  ATarie  Hansen. 
To  their  union  have  l)een  1)orn  three  very  attrnctixe  young  ])eo])le.  Effie,  a 
eraduate  of  the  Ch'nton  lii^h  school;  T.ois.  a  student  in  the  same,  and  Burnie. 

Mr.  rirumstrup  thoroughh'  understands  the  husincss  in  which  he  is  en- 
gaged, ha\-ing  learned  it  from  the  ground  up.  He  is  a  good  manager,  and  in 
everv  wnv  a  man  well  ecpiipped  in  his  chosen  line.  Likewise  he  is  one  \^  ho-^e 
worth  has  gained  for  him  deserved  popularitw    ■ 


PETER  T.  ^HLLER. 


Herein  are  recorded  the  fortunes  of  one  whose  life  shows  that  America 
is  still  full  of  opportunities  of  great  wcM'th  to  a  foreigner  of  enterprise  and 
industry,  who  comes  to  this  country  equipped  with  intelligence,  strength  and 
energy,  }-et  who  could  not  rise  \ery  high  by  the  possession  of  these  alone 
in  his  own  country,  where  opportunity  is  restricted  Here  he  finds  freedom 
from  restriction  and  full  opportunity  for  advancement,  while  the  careful  hab- 
its learned  in  the  hardships  of  the  old  country  only  make  his  chances  better 
here  and  aid  him  in  the  race  o\-er  the  native  of  the  country  who  has  not  learned 
such  careful  habits. 

Peter  J.  Miller  was  born  in  Germany.  Xo\-ember  iS,  T86ri,  the  son  of 
Peter  J.  and  Charlotte  (Alatthiesen)  Aliller.  He  and  his  parents  were  born  in 
territorv  which  belonged  to  Denmark  at  the  time  of  his  ])arents'  birth,  but 
which  afterwards  became  German  territory.  His  father  was  a  cabinetmaker 
and  in  1883  he  and  his  oldest  son  came  to  this  country  and  located  in  Chicago, 
and  then  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  when  thev  sent  for  young  Peter,  and  a  year 
later  for  his  mother.  Peter.  Sr..  worked  for  C.  Lamb  &  Sons  for  some  time 
and  died  in  1899.  His  wife  is  living,  as  also  are  their  two  sons  and  one 
daughter. 

Peter  T.  INIiller,  ]r  ,  received  his  education  mostly  in  (iermany.  and  was 
seventeen  when  he  came  to  Clinton,  after  which  time  he  spent  one  year  in  the 
Clinton  schools.  He  began  to  learn  the  blacksmith's  trade  in  Germany  when 
fifteen,  and  first  worked  in  this  countrv  for  the  Northwestern  railroad,  then 


8lO  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

two  years  as  a  steamboat  hand  for  C.  Lamb  &  Sons,  then  went  to  work  as  a 
blacksmith  for  the  same  company.  In  1904  he  bought  out  Condon's  old  shop, 
on  the  north  side  of  the  public  square,  and  in  the  fall  of  1909  erected  a  modern 
shop,  where  he  now  does  blacksmithing,  general  repairing  and  wagon  build- 
ing. His  business,  which  is  large  and  employs  seyeral  men,  is  prospering  and 
increasing.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  fraternally  a  member  of  the 
Odd  Fellows  and  of  the  Danish  Society. 

^Ir.  ]\Iiller  was  married  in  March,  1889,  to  Sine  Petersen,  who  came  from 
Denmark  to  this  country  when  two  years  old,  a  daughter  of  Xels  Petersen. 
They  haye  one  son.  Alfred,  aged  eight  years. 

Mr.  Miller  has  won  his  success  by  industry  and  ability,  and  is  much 
respected  and  well  liked,  especially  among  the  Danish  element. 


THOMAS  S.  HINTON. 

Among  the  thriying  and  prosperous  manufacturing  establishments  of 
Clinton,  prominent  mention  should  be  giyen  to  the  box  and  ladder  factory  in 
which  the  subject  of  this  sketch  is  a  partner,  an  enterprise  which  has  long  been 
in  operation,  and  which  may  be  considered  as  one  of  the  manufacturing  busi- 
nesses of  the  city  which  rests  on  a  strong  and  firm  foundation  and  has  a  trade 
well  established.  The  managers  of  this  company  are  thorough  and  up-to- 
date  business  men.  unceasing  in  their  attention  to  their  factory,  whereby  they 
haye  been  prosperous. 

Thomas  S.  Hinton  was  born  in  New  Brunswick.  Canada,  January  2, 
1858,  son  of  Richard  and  Sarah  (Carter)  Hinton,  both  natiyes  of  Canada. 
Richard  Hinton  was  a  farmer  by  occupation  and  is  still  Hying  in  Canada.  Of 
his  fiye  sons  and  three  daughters,  none  are  dead. 

Thomas  S.  Hinton  grew  up  on  the  farm  and  attended  the  Canadian  com- 
mon schools.  He  took  up  railroading,  bridge-building  and  carpentering,  and 
followed  this  work  for  some  years,  for  some  time  being  a  contractor.  In 
1880  he  crossed  the  line  into  the  United  States,  still  engaging  in  the  contract- 
ing and  building  business.  In  1882  he  came  to  Cedar  Rapids,  Iowa,  and  in 
1892  to  Clinton,  where  he  contracted  to  build  a  box  factory  for  the  F.  A. 
Smith  &  Sons  Company.  He  worked  for  them  until  1903.  \yhen  he  bought 
out  the  senior  \lr.  Smith  and  went  into  partnershi])  with  J.  C.  Smith,  his  son, 
and  they  haye  since  managed  the  business. 

Since  the  organization  of  the  new  firm  the  power  plant  and  planer  room 


CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  8l  I 

lia\'e  been  improved,  and  the}-  ha\'e  added  many  novelties  to  their  product 
and  ha\e  engaged  largely  in  the  manufacture  of  ladders.  Thev  employ 
about  seventy-five  men  throughout  the  year,  and  ship  their  goods  mainlv  to 
Iowa  locations.  l)ut  send  ladders  all  over  the  middle  West.  The  entire  work 
of  the  factory,  especially  the  sales  department,  is  well  organized. 

]\Ir.  Hinton  was  married  in  1S93  to  Annie  Y.  Smith,  sister  of  J.  C.  Smith. 
Two  children  have  been  born  to  them,  Francis  Smith,  who  is  workinsr  in  his 
father's  factory,  and  Hessie. 

y\v.  Hinton  is  a  Republican  in  politics.  He  has  by  his  efforts  and  by  his 
good  management  been  responsible  for  a  good  deal  of  the  increase  in  the  fac- 
tory's business  and  is  conversant  with  every  stage  of  the  operations  of  the 
factorv. 


ROLLIN  HERBERT  SAVAGE. 

Among  the  business  men  of  Clinton  county  who  have  forged  their  way 
to  the  front  l)v  sheer  force  of  will  and  individual  merit  rather  than  by  the  in- 
fluence and  material  assistance  of  others,  no  better  or  worthier  example  than 
that  of  the  subject  of  this  brief  life  record  could  be  found.  He  is  a  man  of 
excellent  judgment,  which  accounts  for  his  uniform  success,  possessing  clear 
ideas  in  all  business  matters. 

Rollin  Herbert  Savage,  the  able  superintendent  of  the  Fish  Brothers 
wagon  factory,  at  Clinton,  Iowa,  was  born  at  Morrison,  Illinois,  November 
21,  1863,  and  is  the  son  of  William  J.  and  Lucy  P.  (Sholes)  Savage.  These 
parents  were  born  in  Vermont  and  in  ajjout  1855  they  came  to  Illinois  as 
pioneers,  the  mother  with  her  parents  in  a  very  early  day,  the  maternal  grand- 
father, Orin  Sholes,  Ijeing  a  pioneer  in  the  Sucker  state.  The  parents  mar- 
ried in  Illinois  and  there  the  father  devoted  his  life  to  fanning,  and  later  was 
a  dealer  in  hardware  and  implements,  which  he  followed  until  his  death  in 
1872.  His  widow  is  still  living.  The  elder  Savage  was  a  good  business  man, 
and  he  led  a  quiet  life,  giving  his  entire  time  to  his  family  and  business  affairs. 

Rollin  H.  Savage  was  educated  in  the  Morrison  public  schools  and  when 
fourteen  years  of  age  he  began  learning-  the  machinist's  trade,  attending  night 
school  in  the  meantime.  He  had  mastered  the  trade  at  the  age  of  eighteen 
and  was  made  foreman  at  the  Deere  &-Mansur  Company  at  Moline,  remaining 
with  the  same  for  eighteen  years,  gi\'ing  them  the  very  highest  grade  of 
service,  being  successively  foreman,  assistant  superintendent  and  superin- 
tendent.    In  1898  he  left  this  concern  and  went  to  Davenport  and  took  charge 


8l2  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

of  the  wagon  department  of  the  Bettendor-f  Axle  Company,  remaining  in  their 
employ  nntil  thev  went  out  of  the  wagon  bnsiness.  ^^Ir.  Savage  then  went 
to  Neosho,  jMissonri.  where  he  bnilt.  equipped  and  started  to  operate  a  wagon 
factory.  In  November,  1906,  he  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  as  assistant  superin- 
tendent of  the  Fish  Brothers  wagon  factory,  and  became  superintendent  of 
this  concern  in  January,  1910,  a  position  which  he  still  holds.  He  is  an  ex- 
pert in  his  chosen  line  of  endeavor  and  is  by  nature  and  training  well  equipped 
to  manage  the  affairs  of  a  large  manufacturing  concern,  knowing  well  every 
detail  of  the  l)usiness  and  being  popular  with  employes  so  as  to  get  the  best 
results  at  all  times.  \Mierever  he  has  been  employed  the  prestige  of  the  fac- 
tory has  been  greatly  augmented  owing  to  the  skill,  sound  judgment  and 
judicious  counsel  he  has  employed  in  the  management  of  the  same. 

In  politics  Mr.  Savage  is  a  Republican,  and  he  belongs  to  Emulation 
Lodge  No.  255,  Ancient  Free  and  Accepted  Masons,  and  the  De  ]\Iolay  Con- 
sistory ;  he  is  also  a  memljer  of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America. 

Mr.  Savage  was  married  on  June  11,  1890,  to  Julia  Elizabeth  Shields, 
a  native  of  Moline,  and  this  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  two  sons. 
namely:  Harry  A.,  now  eighteen  years  old,  is  a  senior  in  the  Clinton  high 
school;  \\^illiam  H.,  now  fourteen  years  of  age,  is  a  student  in  the  local  public 
schools.  Mr.  Savage  and  his  whole  family  are  members  of  the  Presbyterian 
church. 


LEE  CLAIR  KELLY. 


Prominent  among  the  prosperous  and  successful  farmers  and  noteworthy 
citizens  of  Clinton  county  may  be  mentioned  the  gentleman  whose  name 
heads  this  sketch.  He  is  a  descendant  of  one  of  the  best  known  and  most 
esteemed  families  of  the  county,  and  is  himself  the  owner  of  many  acres  of 
farming  land,  which  he  keeps  in  a  high  state  of  cultivation  and  which  richly 
repay  him  for  the  labor  and  money  expended  on  them.  He  is  also  largely 
concerned  in  the  breeding  and  feeding  of  stock,  which  he  has  found  profitable. 

Lee  Clair  Kelly  \vas  born  April  12,  1886.  on  the  farm  which  lie  now 
owns,  and  is  the  son  of  Robert  and  Katherine  (Billheimer)  Kelly.  Both  his 
parents  were  natives  of  Pennsylvania  and  came  to  Iowa  in  185 1,  locating  first 
W'ith  Mr.  Kelly's  parents  at  Elvira.  Later  Robert  Kelly  came  to  Lincoln 
township  and  1)ought  a  farm  of  four  hundred  and  ninety-two  acres,  on  which 
he  erected  all  the  buildings  save  the  old  stone  house  now  standing.  He  made 
the  feeding  of  cattle  bis  specialty,  brought  to  bear  on  this  subject  brains  and 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  813 

business-like  methods,  and  made  it  pa)-  him  welL  His  entire  time  was  given 
to  his  family  and  his  farm.  He  died  on  January  23.  1906.  at  the  close  of  a 
respected  life.  His  \\ife  also  has  departed  this  life.  Of  their  nine  children, 
five  are  living. 

Lee  Clair  Kelly  received  his  education  in  the  Clinton  ])ul)lic  schools, 
and  in  the  Clinton  Business  College,  in  which  he  took  a  complete  course.  He 
then  returned  to  the  homestead  and  remained  with  his  father  until  the  latter's 
death,  after  which  the  farm  was  divided,  and  Bruce  Kellv  took  the  west  one- 
fourth,  while  Lee  bought  out  the  heirs  to  the  remaining  two  hundred  and 
fifty  acres.  This  portion  of  the  farm  still  hears  the  n.ame  of  Meadow  Brook 
farm,  formerly  applied  to  the  whole  h\  his  father.  He  is  carrving  on  stock 
feeding  mainl}-,  following  in  his  father's  footsteps,  ha\-ing  thoroughlv  learned 
that  branch  of  farming  under  the  latter's  able  tutelage.  Air.  Kellv  is  a  Re- 
publican in  i)olitics.  while  in  religion  he  is  a  member  of  the  Clinton  Presby- 
terian church. 

On  May  31,  1906.  Lee  C.  Kelly  was  married  to  Tirzah  Foster,  who  was 
born  in  Pennsyh'ania.  but  was  then  a  resident  of  Clinton  count\^  One  child, 
a  sweet  little  daughter.  Dorothy  Elizal^eth,  has  l^een  born  to  their  union.  Mr. 
Kelly  is  a  young  man  of  sterling  character  and  much  abilitv.  which  he  has 
already  proved,  and  with  his  excellent  prospects,  promises  to  live  a  life  of 
much  worth  both  to  himself  and  to  his  communitv. 


JOHX  CUXXIXGHAAf. 

One  of  the  highly  honored  and  successful  farmers  of  Hampshire  town- 
ship, Clinton  county,  is  John  Cunningham,  who  has  come  to  us  from  the 
beautiful  and  far-famed  Emerald  Lsle,  and,  judging  from  his  well-kept,  well 
improved  and  altogether  desirable  farming  property  and  also  from  the  ex- 
cellent reputation  he  has  always  borne  here,  it  is  safe  to  say  that  he  brought 
with  him  the  characteristic  energy,  common-sense  and  high  moral  nature  of 
that  people. 

Mr.  Cunningham  was  Ijorn  in  Ireland  in  1832  and  spent  his  youth  there, 
coming  to  America  in  1852  and  locating  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  He  has 
spent  most  of  his  life  engaged  in  farming  and  when  he  first  came  here  he 
rented  land  for  some  time  until  he  could  get  a  start,  continuing  that  method, 
in  fact,  until  1874,  when  he  bought  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in 
Hampshire  township,  this  county.  He  improved  the  place  and  erected  ex- 
cellent and  comfortable  buildings  of  all  kinds,  and  has  been  very  successful 


8 14  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

here  as  a  general  farmer.  He  is  now  living  retired.  He  has  been  township 
trustee  for  tliree  years  and  has  very  faithfully  performed  the  duties  of  the 
same. 

Mr.  Cunningham  was  married  to  Margaret  ^McLaughlin,  who  was  born 
in  the  state  of  \\'isconsin.  She  was  called  to  her  rest  on  Jnlv  22,  igoi. 
Eleven  children  were  born  to  ^Ir.  and  Mrs.  John  Cunningham,  ten  of  whom 
are  living,  namely:  Frank  is  located  at  Albany,  Illinois;  IMarv  is  the  wife  of 
John  Manning,  of  ]\It.  Carroll;  Rose  is  the  wife  of  Oliver  Prest,  of  San 
Bernardino,  California;  Thomas  is  a  homesteader  in  Scenic,  Dakota;  Susan  is 
in  the  employ  of  the  "Lend-a-Hand  Club,"  of  Davenport,  Iowa;  Alaggie  and 
Annie  are  living  in  ^Minneapolis,  Minnesota;  James  is  also  a  homesteader  in 
Butte,  Dakota ;  Martin  and  Peter  live  on  the  home  place,  the  former  having 
been  born  here  on  Feliruary  22,  1887,  and  he  was  educated  in  the  home 
schools,  and  is  a  \ery  successful  and  well  liked  young  farmer;  Alice  is  de- 
ceased. These  children  have  been  well  educated,  having  attended  the  semi- 
nary at  Lyons  and  then  the  Clinton  Business  College. 

This  family  is  highly  respected  wherever  its  members  are  known  and 
they  have  a  wide  circle  of  friends  ?nd  are  very  well  situated  in  reference  to 
tin's  world's  affairs.  Mr.  Cunningham  and  his  family  are  all  members  of 
the  Catholic  church.      Politicallv,  he  is  a  Democrat. 


WILLIAM  HEXDERSOX  POSTOX. 

It  is  a  pleasure  to  the  biographer  to  record  the  life  nf  a  man  whose  actions 
have  been  so  full  of  interest  as  those  of  the  gentleman  whose  name  heads  this 
article,  whose  history  is  full  of  experiences  which  have  brought  a  fullness  of 
life  to  him.  and  whose  ancestors  were  men  and  women  of  worth  and  honor. 

William  Henderson  Poston  was  born  in  Rock  Island  county,  Illinois,  Aug- 
ust 27,  1858,  son  of  Samuel  and  Sarah  (Wolf)  Poston.  His  father  was  a 
native  of  Virginia,  and  his  paternal  grandfather,  Elias  Poston,  was  a  com- 
missioned officer  in  the  war  of  181 2,  and  also  state  representative  from  his 
district  in  Virginia.  He  was  of  Scotch  descent,  and  the  family  is  one  of  the 
oldest  in  the  state.  William's  maternal  grandparents  were  Pennsvlvanians, 
pioneer  settlers  of  Allegheny  county,  that  state,  which  they  entered  before  it 
was  cleared  and  had  many  exciting  experiences  with  the  Indians.  Thev  died 
in  Rock  Island  county,  Illinois. 

Samuel  Poston  was  l:!orn  and  grew  up  in  the  mountain  gap  where  Mc- 


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Clellan  fought  his  first  battle.  His  father  was  a  slave  owner  in  early  days, 
but  in  1838  freed  them  all  because  he  thought  it  wrong  to  keep  them,  and  a 
few  years  later,  in  the  early  forties,  moved  to  the  free  state  of  Iowa,  coming 
west  on  an  Ohio  steamboat  and  ascending  the  ^Mississippi  in  a  similar  manner. 
He  located  in  Scott  county,  near  Le  Clair,  then  called  Parkhurst.  Here  he 
was  married  to  Sarah  \\'olf,  who  had  come  west  with  her  parents,  and  for 
many  vears  he  was  a  wagonmaker.  William  Cody,  later  famous  as  "Buffalo 
Bill,"  was  a  friend  of  the  family  and  as  a  boy  spent  many  a  day  in  ]\Ir. 
Poston's  shop.  In  1857  the  family  moved  to  Rock  Island  county,  Illinois, 
and  there  the  father  followed  the  same  trade.  Four  of  his  brothers  served  in 
the  Ci\il  war.  and  one  of  them,  .\lfred,  died  four  days  after  his  return  from 
serving  in  the  One  Hundred  and  Twenty-sixth  Illinois  Regiment.  Samuel 
Poston  died  in  1885  '^'^'^^^  1'''^  wife  in  1880.  They  were  the  parents  of  eight 
children,  six  of  whom  are  living. 

A\'illiam  Poston  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Rock  Island  county, 
Illinois,  and  when  he  was  still  under  fourteen  his  father  told  him  that  he  was 
old  enough  to  get  to  work,  so  he  began  to  labor  on  the  farms,  and  worked  four 
years  for  one  man.  He  then  served  an  apprenticeship  in  a  wagon  shop, 
worked  two  }ears  as  a  journeyman,  and  then  opened  a  wagonmaking  shop  in 
Fort  Byron,  Illinois.  On  April  lo,  1890,  he  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and 
started  into  business  at  Xos.  1101-3-5  South  Fourth  street.  He  was  absolutely 
alone,  but  gradually  added  to  his  force  as  business  increased,  and  in  1907, 
because  of  pressure  of  business,  had  to  add  another  building  to  the  old  one 
which  he  had  bought.  He  now  employs  from  ten  to  twelve  men,  but  on  April 
I,  1910,  quit  wagonmaking  to  enter  that  of  automobile  repairing,  which  busi- 
ness he  recently  disposed  of. 

In  national  politics  Mr.  Poston  is  a  Democrat,  but  in  local  affairs  is  inde- 
pendent. He  was  for  two  years  a  member  of  the  city  council  and  was  also  for 
two  years  on  the  school  board,  being  for  one  year  president.  He  was  one 
time  the  Democratic  candidate  for  mayor.  He  is  a  member  of  the  De  ^Nlolav 
Consistory  of  Masons. 

Mr.  Poston  was  married  on  Xovember  20,  1882,  to  Emma  ^Nlilne,  a 
native  of  Oswego  county,  Xew  York,  daughter  of  James  Milne,  now  residing 
in  Fulton,  Illinois.  Four  children  have  been  born  to  them;  Frank,  a  cigar 
merchant;  Elsie,  wife  of  William  Graham;  Mae,  deceased,  and  Alaude. 

Mr.  Poston  was  thoroughly  skilled  in  the  Avagonmaker's  trade  and  the 
products  of  his  shop  were  models  of  efliciency.  He  is  much  interested  in 
public  affairs  and  in  all  which  promises  to  advance  the  general  interest.  He 
has  many  friends  in  Clinton. 


8l6  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

CHRISTOPH  JOHN  GOHLMAN. 

Prominent  among  the  enterprising  farmers  and  stock  raisers  of  Clinton 
count}'  is  Christoph  John  Gohhnan,  a  leading  citizen  of  Berlin  township, 
whom  to  know  is  to  esteem  and  honor.  As  the  name  indicates,  he  is  of  Ger- 
man stock,  his  parents,  John  G.  and  Katrina  (jMoll'erstedt)  Gohlman,  noticed 
elsewhere  in  this  \'olume,  having  been  born  and  reared  in  the  fatherland, 
where  the  ancestors  of  the  family  have  lived  for  many  generations.  Mr. 
Gohlman  is  a  native  of  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  dates  his  birth  from  March 
31,  1857.  His  educational  discipline  included  the  common  school  branches, 
which  he  mastered  in  his  youth,  and  in  the  school  of  experience  on  the  family 
homestead  he  learned  the  lessons  of  practical  industry  and  self-denial  which 
furnished  the  foundation  for  his  subsequent  career  as  a  progressive  farmer 
and  public-spirited  man  of  affairs.  Reared  in  close  touch  with  nature,  he 
took  kindl}'  to  agricultural  pursuits  and  on  reaching  an  age  when  it  became 
necessary  for  him  to  choose  a  vocation,  he  very  naturally  selected  farming, 
to  which  noble  calling  he  has  since  devoted  his  time  and  energies  with  most 
gratifying  results. 

In  the  year  1889,  Air.  Gohlman  bought  the  fine  two-hundred-acre  farm 
in  Berlin  township  on  which  he  still  lives,  and  which  the  meanwhile  he  has 
brought  to  a  high  state  of  culti\ation,  l^esides  adding  a  number  of  improve- 
ments until  his  home  is  now  one  of  the  most  beautiful  and  attractive  places 
of  residence  in  the  community.  The  buildings  are  substantial,  up  to  date 
and  in  excellent  condition.  The  land,  cultivated  to  its  full  capacity,  yields 
abundantly  all  the  crops  indigeiious  to  this  latitude,  and  the  proprietor  has 
so  managed  his  \-aried  interests  of  farming  and  stock  raising  as  to  accumu- 
late a  handsome  competence  and  place  himself  and  family  in  comfortable  cir- 
cumstances. Mr.  Gohlman  is  a  pronounced  Democrat  in  his  political  views 
and  from  time  to  time  has  been  honored  by  his  fellow-citizens  with  important 
official  positions.  He  served  several  years  as  collector  and  school  director, 
held  the  office  of  trustee  for  some  time  and  in  various  other  capacities  dem- 
onstrated ability  and  faithfulness  as  a  pubdic  servant  and  j^iroved  himself 
worthy  the  trust  reposed  in  him  ]:)y  his  fellowmen. 

Mr.  Gohlman  was  married  in  the  year  1882  to  Katrina  Raun,  a  native 
of  Germany,  who  has  presented  him  with  six  children,  namely :  Bertha, 
Theodore.  Anna,  Alma,  Laura  and  John,  all  living  and  affording  their  fond 
parents  many  bright  hopes  for  the  future.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Gohlman  are  mem- 
bers of  the  Evangelical  Lutheran  church,  active  and  zealous  in  the  good  work 
under  the  auspices  of  the  local  congregation  to  which  they  l^elong,  and  readv 


MR.   AND  MRS.   CHRISTOPH  J.   (,OHLMAN 


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at  all  times  to  lend  their  influence  to  further  worthy  charitable  and  humani- 
tarian enterprises.  He  is  identified  with  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America, 
and  she  to  the  Royal  Neighbors,  in  which  organizations  they  are  recognized 
as  valuable  workers,  besides  holding  important  offices  from  time  to  time. 
Mr.  Gohhnan  is  one  of  the  most  respected  citizens  of  Berlin  township,  and, 
assisted  by  his  faithful  wife,  he  has  reared  a  family  which  is  a  credit  to  the 
community.  A  self  made  man,  guided  by  keen  perception  and  well-developed 
intelligence,  he  has  earned  a  competence  which  in  the  near  future  will  result 
in  ease  and  comfort  for  the  remainder  of  a  peaceful  and  happy  hfe. 

Mention  should  be  made  of  the  parents  of  Mrs.  Gohlman.  She  was  the 
daughter  of  Christian  and  Anna  (Holtz)  Raun,  who  farmed  on  a  small 
scale  in  Germany.  They  had  a  family  of  seven  girls  and  one  son,  namely : 
Christina,  Maria,  Alaren,  Lena,  Katrina.  Peter,  Anna  and  Dorethia.  Three 
sisters  came  to  this  countrv  and  the  rest  are  still  in  Ciermanv. 


AXSEL  O.  COLE. 


Occupying  a  conspicuous  position  among  the  men  of  industry  in  Clinton 
county,  Ansel  O.  Cole  is  eminently  deserving  of  mention  in  a  work  of  the 
province  of  the  one  at  hand,  and  he  enjoys  the  confidence  and  esteem  of  all 
who  know  him.  His  record  demonstrates  that  where  there  is  a  will  there  is 
a  way  and  that  obstacles  to  success  may  be  overcome  by  courage  and  self- 
reliance. 

Mr.  Cole  was  born  in  Bristol  county,  Massachusetts,  April  12,  1853,  and 
he  is  the  son  of  George  C.  and  Mary  A.  (Rounds)  Cole,  the  latter  born  in 
18 1 7.  They  were  both  natives  of  Massachusetts  and  there  the  father  en- 
gaged in  farming  and  also  taught  school  there  for  many  years.  He  was  a 
well  educated  man  and  popular  in  his  community,  taking  much  interest  in  the 
affairs  of  his  town,  but  he  was  not  a  public  man  and  preferred  the  Cjuiet  of 
home  life.  His  death  occurred  in  1869  and  the  death  of  Mrs.  Cole  occurred 
in  1878.  They  were  the  parents  of  five  children,  four  sons  and  one  daughter, 
the  latter  being  deceased. 

Ansel  O.  Cole,  of  this  review,  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  of 
Bristol  county,  Massachusetts,  and  he  was  reared  on  the  home  farm  where 
he  became  acquainted  with  the  general  work  on  the  place  when  but  a  boy. 
He  served  four  years  as  an  apprentice  to  the  mason's  trade,  and  followed  the 
same  for  a  period  of  ten  years.  Giving  up  this  line  of  endeavor,  he  entered 
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8l8  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

a  jewelry  manufactory,  in  which  he  worked  for  a  period  of  five  years,  being 
very  successful  in  the  same.  Then  his  wife  died  and  he  came  to  Lyons, 
Iowa,  in  1885  and  became  connected  with  the  M.  A.  Disbrow  Company,  in 
which  he  worked  up  to  the  position  of  superintendent  in  due  course  of  time 
and  this  he  still  holds,  giving  the  firm  the  utmost  satisfaction,  always  ful- 
filling his  duties  in  a  very  faithful  manner.  This  establishment  employs  about 
one  hundred  and  fifty  men  and  is  doing  a  large  and  ever-increasing  business, 
due  in  no  small  degree  to  the  wise  counsel  and  able  management  of  Mr.  Cole, 
who  not  only  understands  every  detail  of  the  work,  but  who  knows  how  to 
handle  men  so  as  to  get  the  best  service  and  retain  their  good  will  at  the 
same  time.  The  products  of  this  farm  are  sash,  doors,  blinds  and  interior 
furnishing  goods  of  all  kinds;  A  large  trade  is  carried  on.  the  major  part  of 
the  shipments  being  to  the  western  states.  Owing  to  the  high  quality  of  these 
products,  they  are  in  great  demand.  Mr.  Cole  is  president  of  the  Disbrow 
Sash  and  Door  Company  of  Cedar  Rapids.  Iowa,  which  is  also  doing  a  big 
business. 

In  politics  Mr.  Cole  is  a  Republican,  but  is  independent  in  local  affairs. 
He  has  served  about  four  years  on  the  school  board.  He  is  a  member  of  the 
Episcopal  church,  being  junior  warden  in  the  local  congregation.  He  is  liberal 
in  his  support  of  the  church  and  all  worthy  charitable  institutions. 

My.  Cole  was  married  in  1875  to  jMartha  L.  Copeland,  sister  of  the  secre- 
tary and  treasurer  of  the  Disbrow  Company.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Cole  one 
child  was  born,  Maynard  C,  now  living  in  Omaha,  Nebraska.  ]Mr.  Cole's 
first  wife  passed  to  her  rest  in  1884  and  he  was  married  in  1889  to  Gertrude 
^I.  A\'aters,  a  native  of  Moline,  Illinois.  This  union  also  resulted  in  the 
birth  of  one  child,  who  died  in  infancv. 


F.  B.  KIXG. 


One  of  the  enterprising  meii  of  Clinton  county  is  F.  B.  King,  a  gentle- 
man who  is  too  well  known,  in  fact,  to  need  any  formal  introduction  or  elab- 
oration on  his  life  history  here,  for  he  has  long  been  a  conspicuous  figure  in 
the  manufacturing  business  and  social  life  of  eastern  Iowa  and  therefore  the 
major  part  of  this  sketch  will  be  devoted  to  the  large  concern  with  which  he 
is  identified.  Suflice  it  to  say  that  he  has  worthily  upheld  the  honor  of  his 
family  name  and  the  wholesome  traditions  clustering  about  it,  and  that  he  has 
ever  taken  an  abiding  interest  in  the  upbuilding  of  Clinton  and  vicinitv.  and 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  819 

is  deserving  in  every  way  of  the  large  success  that  has  attended  his  efforts 
and  of  the  esteem  in  which  he  is  held. 

Mr.  King  was  born  in  Savanna,  Illinois,  in  1867,  and  he  is  the  son  of  C. 
H.  King,  an  old  river  man  and  steamboat  captain  who  was  well  known  on 
the  rivers  of  the  Middle  states  in  the  early  days. 

F.  B.  King  received  a  liberal  education  and  spent  his  youth  in  his  home 
community.  In  1880  he  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  entered  the  City  Bank, 
in  which  he  remained  eleven  years,  giving  entire  satisfaction  to  all  concerned. 
He  then  became  associated  with  the  Clinton  Separator  and  Engine  Works, 
and  has  been  connected  with  the  same  ever  since,  in  fact,  no  little  credit  is  due 
him  for  the  constantly  growing  prestige  and  business  of  this  firm,  having 
given  it  his  judicious  management  and  undivided  attention  and  ably  looked 
after  its  interests  at  all  times. 

This  manufacturing  concern  was  incorporated  on  January  i,  1901.  and 
efforts  were  at  once  begun  to  build  a  patented  cream  separator,  with  a  small 
gasoline  engine  to  run  it.  The  officers  were :  J.  D.  Lamb,  president ;  G.  E. 
Lamb,  vice-president;  S.  \A'.  McKee,  second  vice-president;  W.  O.  Pratt, 
secretary.  They  continued  in  this  line  of  work  to  January,  1903,  then 
started  to  build  boats  and  marine  engines,  having  sold  out  the  separator  busi- 
ness. A  reorganization  was  effected  and  the  plant  was  enlarged  somewhat 
and  on  October  9,  1903,  the  name  was  changed  to  the  Lamb  Boat  &  Engine 
Company,  with  J.  D.  Lamb  as  president ;  G.  E.  Lamb,  vice-president ;  F.  B. 
King,  secretary  and  treasurer.  J.  D.  Lamb  (a  full  sketch  of  whom  appears 
elsewhere  in  this  work)  was  drowned  on  ]\Iay  12.  1905.  and  since  that  time 
G.  E.  Lamb  has  been  president  of  this  firm ;  V.  A.  Bonny,  vice-president ;  F. 
B.  King,  secretary  and  treasurer. 

In  1903  this  firm  employed  from  fifteen  to  twenty  men;  now  on  an  aver- 
age of  seventy-five  men  are  employed  and  the  business  is  still  growing.  They 
have  discontinued  building  boats  and  the  firm  now  gives  its  attention  ex- 
clusivelv  to  building  large  marine  engines,  which,  owing  to  their  superior 
quality  and  workmanship,  are  eagerly  sought  after  and  they  find  a-  very  ready 
market,  the  demand  increasing  all  the  time.  The  firm  now  has  a  branch  office 
in  >s'ew  York  City  where  about  fifty  per  cent,  of  the  product  of  this  factory- 
is  shipped.  These  engines  go  over  the  entire  world  where  such  advanced 
products  are  used.  This  product  is  regarded  as  a  standard  engine  on  both 
the  Atlantic  and  Pacific  coasts.  It  has  been  developed  from  a  small  two-cycle 
engine  to  a  larger  and  more  complex  type.  They  are  now  installed  in  some  of 
the  finest  boats  to  be  found  on  the  eastern  coast,  also  the  western.  A  separate 
corporation,  known  as  the  Lamb  Engine  Company,  with  offices  in  the  Hudson 


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Terminal  Building,  handles  the  business  in  New  York  City.  These  engines 
are  especially  sought  for  by  builders  of  large  yachts.  This  was  originally  a 
purely  local  concern,  but  now  the  business  is  done  very  largely  away  from 
Clinton,  though  there  is  yet  considerable  business  done  here.  It  seems  that 
the  motor  boat  business  is  growing  rapidly  all  over  the  country,  following 
closely  the  automobile  industry,  and  the  local  company  owes  its  growth  to 
this  development  in  the  universal  and  rapidly  growing  use  of  motor  boats. 


WILLIAM  L.  DIECKMANN. 

The  record  of  the  subject  of  this  review  is  that  of  a  gentleman  who 
worthily  upholds  an  honored  family  name  that  has  long  stood  for  high  grade 
citizenship  in  Clinton  county.  He  has  figured  prominently  in  industrial 
affairs,  although  yet  a  young  man,  and  at  the  same  time  has  won  an  envied 
reputation  for  honesty  and  straightforward  dealing  with  all  his  fellow  men 
and  he  has  therefore  won  their  undivided  confidence. 

William  L.  Dieckmann,  secretary  and  treasurer  of  the  Hansen  &  Dieck- 
mann  Furniture  Company,  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  a  member  of  the  real  estate 
and  insurance  firm  of  Paddock  &  Dieckmann.  was  born  at  Wheatland,  this 
county,  June  29,  I'S/Q,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Frederick  and  Fredericke  (Layere) 
Dieckmann.  They  were  born  in  Germany,  and  the  father  came  to  America 
when  a  boy,  the  mother  making  the  trip  about  1858.  They  were  married  in 
Kentucky.  The  father  studied  for  the  ministry  and  subsequently  entered  the 
same,  but  abandoned  the  life  of  a  preacher  to  study  medicine,  which  he  prac- 
ticed with  much  success  later  in  life.  He  was  a  profoundly  educated  man  and 
was  influential  wherever  he  went.  He  came  to  Wheatland,  Iowa,  about  1876 
or  1877  and  he  at  once  became  prominent  in  Clinton  county.  He  was  always 
active  in  political  afifairs  and  his  support  could  be  depended  upon  in  all  meas- 
ures calculated  to  be  of  general  good  to  the  community. 

William  L.  Dieckmann  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton, 
receiving  a  very  serviceable  text-book  training.  After  graduation  from  Clin- 
ton high  school,  he  started  in  life  for  himself  by  entering  the  real  estate  and 
insurance  business  with  his  oldest  brother,  Fred  Dieckmann,  and  A.  H.  Pad- 
dock, under  the  firm  name  of  Paddock  &  Dieckmann,  which  partnership  lasted 
until  the  death  of  the  subject's  brother,  Fred,  since  which  time  the  finn  of 
Paddock  &  Dieckmann  has  been  composed  of  A.  H.  Paddock  and  W.  L.  Dieck- 
mann.    This  firm  has  built  up  a  very  satisfactory  business  in  this  line  and 


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ranks  as  one  of  the  strongest  in  the  state.  They  ha\e  the  agency  for  twenty- 
five  of  the  oldest  and  strongest  insurance  companies  in  the  business.  Though 
able  to  underwrite  all  kinds  of  insurance,  they  confine  their  efforts  mainly  to 
fire  and  tornado,  casualty  and  burglaiy  insurance,  and  issuance  of  surety 
bonds.  Paddock  &  Dieckmann  negotiate  real  estate  loans  and  have  been  very 
successful  in  this  line.  They  are  justly  proud  of  the  fact  that  no  loan  ever 
recommended  by  them  has  recjuired  legal  action  to  enforce  payment  of  princi- 
pal or  interest. 

Mr.  Dieckmann  next  turned  his  attention  to  the  furniture  manufacturing 
industry  and  by  close  application  to  this  line  of  work  and  judicious  manage- 
ment he  has  built  up  a  large  and  rapidly  growing  business  under  the  corporate 
name  of  Hansen  &  Dieckmann  Furniture  Company  at  Clinton.  They  have  a 
model  plant,  equipped  with  the  latest  designs  of  wood  working  machinery,  and 
manufacture  extension,  library  and  center  tables.  The  goods  of  this  firm 
are  highly  esteemed  ])y  the  furniture  dealers  of  the  Middle  West. 

Mr.  Dieckmann  has  never  ])een  a  candidate  for  political  preferment  and 
frnternallv  lie  belongs  to  the  various  Masonic  bodies,  and  is  a  member  of  the 
Wapsipinicon  Clul}. 


CHARLES  W.  KENNEY. 

It  is  a  rare  privilege  to  be  able  to  spend  our  lives  on  the  old  home  place ; 
there  is  a  charm  under  "the  roof  that  hears  our  earliest  cry,"  that  never 
vanishes,  but  for  some  caprice  of  fate  few  of  us  are  permitted  to  remain  at 
our  birthplace ;  we  are  ushered  out  into  strange  lands  among  strange  people 
and  are  compelled  to  form  new  ties  and  often  adopt  different  modes  of  exist- 
ence. This  has  not  been  the  case  with  Charles  W".  Kenny,  of  Clinton  county, 
who  was  born  on  December  24,  1868,  on  the  farm  which  he  now  occupies. 
He  is  the  son  of  Patrick  and  ^Margaret  (Blessington )  Kenney,  both  born  in 
Ireland,  from  which  country  they  came  to  America  in  1847  ^"'^^  1840,  respect- 
ively. The  father  came  alone  and  after  a  few  years  spent  in  New  York, 
Michigan  and  Wisconsin,  he  came  to  Clinton  count}',  Iowa,  in  185 1  or  1852 
and  entered  government  land,  being  among  the  pioneers.  He  developed  his 
one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in  Hampshire  township  into  an  excellent  farm, 
by  clearing  and  improving  it,  and  he  was  married  in  this  county,  having  been 
a  young  man  and  single  when  he  came  here.  The  maternal  grandparents, 
the  Blessington  family,  came  to  America  about  1840  and  located  in  Vermont. 
They  left  their  daughter  Margaret  in  the  city  of  Lowell,  Massachusetts,  where 


822  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA, 

she  found  employment  in  the  cotton  mills ;  later  she  came  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  and  married  Patrick  Kenney.  To  this  union  eight  children  were  born, 
seven  of  whom  are  living.  Patrick  Kenney  has  never  been  a  public  man, 
living  a  quiet  life,  yet  interested  in  local  affairs.  He  has  lived  retired  in 
Lyons  since  1893.     His  wife  died  in  1905. 

Charles  \\\  Kenny  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  and  reared  on 
the  home  farm  where  he  assisted  with  the  work  of  clearing  and  developing 
and  he  has  never  cared  to  follow  any  other  line  of  work.  About  1900  he 
bought  the  old  home  place  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres.  He  has  managed 
the  same  very  successfully  and  has  made  a  great  success  in  stock  raising, 
breeding  high  grade  Aberdeen  Angus  cattle,  draft  horses  and  other  good 
stock,  which  always  find  a  ready  market  owing  to  their  superior  cjuality. 

Politically,  Mr.  Kenney  is  a  Democrat.  He  has  been  township  assessor 
for  six  years  and  is  now  township  trustee,  and  is  also  secretary  of  the  school 
board  at  present.  He  Ijelongs  to  St.  Iraneaus  Catholic  church  at  Lvons.  and 
to  the  Woodmen  of  the  World. 

On  April  10,  1893,  Mr.  Kenney  married  Rosa  V.  Shannon,  daughter  of 
Patrick  and  Julia  Shannon,  old  settlers  of  Washington  township.  This 
union  resulted  in  the  l)irth  of  eight  children,  namely:  Charles  J.,  Francis  P., 
Beatrice  M.,  Andrew.  Joseph  (died  in  infancy),  Rose  Lillian,  Monica  and 
James  G.  The  mother  of  these  children  was  called  to  her  rest  on  May  18, 
1910.  She  was  a  woman  of  beautiful  Christian  character  and  had  a  host  of 
friends. 


FRANK  J.  McDERMOTT. 

Though  a  young  man,  Frank  J.  ]\Icl^ermott  has  shown  what  earnestness 
of  purpose  can  accomplish  in  connection  with  agricultural  interests,  and  if  he 
continues  to  use  the  good  judgment  and  energy  that  have  characterized  his 
past  he  will  be  abundantly  rewarded  l)v  future  years. 

Mr.  McDermott  was  born  in  Lincoln  township.  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
on  February  18,  1881.  He  is  the  son  of  Flenry  and  Mary  (Welsh)  McDer- 
mott, he  born  in  Ireland  and  the  mother  in  St.  Louis,  Missouri.  The  father 
emigrated  to  America  in  aljout  1850  and  located  in  Hampshire  township, 
Clinton  county,  Iowa,  where  he  took  up  a  farm  of  about  one  hundred  and 
sixty  acres,  which  he  improved  and  on  which  he  placed  an  excellent  group  of 
buildings.  He  cleared  the  land,  beginning  life  here  in  true  pioneer  fashion. 
Selling  out  there,  he  mo^'ed  to  Lincoln  township,  where  he  bought  a  farm  of 


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three  hundred  and  twenty  acres  and  there  he  became  one  of  the  leading  agri- 
cuhurists  and  was  a  man  of  influence.  Hving  there  until  his  death,  in  1904.  at 
the  advanced  age  of  eighty-eight  years.  He  was  not  a  public  man.  preferring 
to  live  a  quiet  and  retired  life.  His  widow  is  still  living.  They  were  the  par- 
ents of  four  children,  and  by  a  former  marriage  Air.  AIcDermott  was  the 
father  of  four  children;  all  are  living. 

Frank  J.  AIcDermott,  of  this  re^•iew.  was  educated  in  the  common 
schools  and  he  was  reared  on  the  home  farm  where  he  began  working  in  the 
fields  when  but  a  lad  and  he  has  made  agriculture  his  chief  life  work  and  now 
operates  half  of  the  home  place,  his  brother,  Paul,  operating  the  other  half. 
He  has  been  \ery  successful  and  is  a  general  farmer  and  stock  faiser  and  is 
succeeding  admirably  well.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat,  and  he  belongs  to 
the  Catholic  church  at  Lyons. 

On  September  8.  1907,  Air.  AIcDermott  was  married  to  Anna  W^ebber, 
a  native  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  where  she  was  reared  and  educated  and  where  her 
family  is  highly  respected.  To  this  union  one  child  has  been  born.  Alarian. 
Fraternally,  Air.  AIcDermott  is  a  member  of  the  Alodern  ^'\^oodmen  of 
America,  while,  politically,  he  is  a  Democrat. 


HIRAAI  E.  JAAIEYSON. 

Among  the  business  men  of  Clinton  county  who  are  reaping  the  rewards 
of  persistent  endeavor  along  legitimate  lines  and  who  are  worthy  of  the  con- 
fidence reposed  in  them  by  their  associates  and  patrons  is  H.  E.  Jameyson. 
The  record  of  his  business  career  might  be  summed  up  in  the  terse  expression 
that  he  is  "above  want  and  below  envy." 

Air.  Jameyson  was  born  in  Lyons,  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  January  2, 
1862,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Elias  and  Amanda  Jameyson.  who  were  born  in 
Canada  and  Xew  York  respectively.  The  father  came  to  the  "States'"  xery 
early  and  married  in  Ohio,  where  the  parents  of  his  wife  had  moved  when  the 
country  was  new.  Later  they  emigrated  west  and  located  in  Elk  River  town- 
ship, Clinton  county,  Iowa,  during  the  fifties.  Elias  Jameyson  devoted  his 
life  to  farming  and  owned  a  small  farm.  He  lived  a  quiet,  retired  life,  work- 
ing his  farm  and  devoting  his  attention  to  his  family. 

To  Air.  and  Airs.  Elias  Jameyson  nine  children  were  born,  five  of  whom 
are  living.  The  father's  death  occurrerl  in  1907.  and  the  mother  passed  away 
in  1882. 


824  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Hiram  E.  Jameyson  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  of  Clinton  and 
reared  on  a  farm,  where  he  was  put  to  \vork  in  the  fields  early  in  life.  When 
twenty-one  years  old  he  began  life  for  himself  by  entering  the  sawmill  business 
which  he  continued  for  a  period  of  thirteen  years,  then  entered  the  gravel, 
sand  and  cement  business,  and  has  been  very  successful  in  this  line  since  1894. 
For  about  ten  years  Mr.  Jameyson  handled  ice  in  connection  with  his  other 
line,  but  has  dropped  that  phase  of  his  business.  He  also  handled  fish  since 
1894,  having  about  twenty  men  in  that  trade  alone.  He  does  an  ice  contract- 
ing business  for  the  Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  St.  Paul  Railroad  Company,  hav- 
ing supplied  the  local  demand  of  the  company  for  years. 

Politically.  Mr.  Jameyson  is  a  Republican,  and  fraternally  he  belongs  to 
the  Ancient  Free  and  Accepted  Masons,  Lodge  No.  93,  at  Clinton. 

Mr.  Jameyson  was  married  in  1883  to  Laura  Thompson,  and  this  union 
has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  five  children,  namely :  Vernon,  now  a  resident  of 
Washington  state;  Edna,  the  wife  of  William  Harlot,  Jr.;  Coral,  the  wife  of 
Samuel  Stul^ble,  Jr. ;  Elva  and  Cecil. 

Mr.  Jameyson  has  a  very  pleasant  and  attractive  home  on  South  Fifth 
street,  Lyons.  He  is  known  to  be  a  man  of  integrity  and  his  standing  in 
business  and  social  circles  could  not  be  better. 


RICHARD  HUGHES. 


To  be  an  efficient  and  honorable  agriculturist  in  the  highly  favored  sec- 
tion of  eastern  Iowa,  where  the  soil  responds  generously  to  the  hand  which 
cultivates  it,  is  to  be  assured  of  a  comfortable  home  and  favorable  surround- 
ings. Among  the  successful  farmers  of  Clinton  county  is  Richard  Hug"hes,  of 
Berlin  township,  who  was  l^orn  on  the  farm  \vhere'  he  now  lives,  April  9, 
1857.  His  father  was  Richard  Hughes,  and  liis  mother,  prior  to  her  mar- 
riasfe,  bore  the  name  of  Esther  O'Brien,  both  natives  of  Ireland.  These 
parents  came  to  the  United  States  in  the  late  forties,  and  after  spending  a 
)''ear  or  two  in  La  Salle  county,  Illinois,  moved  to  Clinton  county.  Iowa, 
and  settled  on  sixty  acres  of  land  in  Berlin  township,  which  INIr.  Hughes 
purcliased  of  the  go\-ernment.  He  bought  other  land  at  inter\-als,  until  in 
due  time  he  became  one  of  the  largest  owners  of  real  estate  in  the  county, 
his  holdings  at  one  time  amounting  to  over  six  hundred  acres,  all  in  the 
township  of  Berlin.  He  was  one  of  the  leading  farmers  in  his  part  of  the 
country,    manifested    an    active   interest    in    public   affairs,    and    enjoyed   the 


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esteem  and  confidence  of  the  people  of  his  community,  besides  holding-  worthy 
prestige  as  a  public-spirited  citizen.  He  lived  an  honorable  life,  which 
terminated  on  September  20,  1901,  his  wife  dying  on  the  4th  day  of  October, 
1907.  Richard  and  Esther  Hughes  reared  a  family  of  ten  children,  namely: 
Michael,  of  Lyon  county.  Iowa;  Richard,  of  this  review;  Anna,  who  lives 
in  Pl'vmouth  county,  this  state ;  Katie,  of  Berlin  township ;  Patrick,  whose 
home  is  in  the  county  of  Plymouth;  Thomas,  who  resides  in  Berlin  township, 
near  the  family  homestead;  William,  who  lives  on  the  old  homestead;  Janies, 
a  resident  of  Lost  Nation,  this  county;  Mary  and  Ellen,  deceased. 

Richard  Hughes  was  reared  on  the  home  place  in  Berlin  township  and 
enjoyed  such  educational  advantages  as  the  common  schools  afforded.  He 
earlv  decided  to  be  a  tiller  of  the  soil,  and  in  1901  bought  eighty  acres  of 
land  belonging  to  the  homestead,  to  which  he  has  added  other  places  from 
time  to  time  until  he  now  owns  two  hundred  acres  of  the  farm,  on  which 
he  has  made  a  number  of  \-aluable  improvements.  He  devotes  his  attention 
to  general  agriculture  and  the  breeding  of  fine  live  stock,  his  specialties  being 
Norman  horses.  Shorthorn  cattle  and  Poland-China  hogs,  in  the  raising  of 
which  he  has  been  remarkal)ly  successful,  his  reputation  as  a  stockman  being 
second  to  that  of  no  other  man  in  this  part  of  the  state.  Financially,  he  has 
been  exceedingly  fortunate.  ])eing  among  the  wealthy  and  influential  farmers 
of  his  township,  with  a  sufficiency  of  this  world's  goods  at  his  command 
to  insure  an  easy  and  prosperous  future.  Like  all  men  with  the  interests  of 
the  communitv  at  heart,  he  takes  an  acti\-e  part  in  puljlic  aft'airs.  and  has 
well-grounded  convictions  concerning  the  f|uestions  of  the  day.  l)eing'  an 
uncompromising  Democrat  in  politics  and  a  leader  of  his  i)arty  in  the  t(Twn- 
ship  of  Berlin.  Wdiile  zealous  in  the  defense  of  his  principles,  he  has  ne\'er 
sought  or  desired  office,  not^^•ithstanding  whicli  he  has  ser\'ed  his  fellow- 
citizens  in  various  public  capacities  and  pro\"ed  true  to  e\'er\-  trust  wliich 
they  reposed  in  him.  Religiously,  he  was  reared  under  the  influence  of  the 
Roman  Catholic  church  and  has  e\-er  remained  true  to  the  teachings  of  the 
same,  belonging  at  this  time  to  the  congregation  worsliipping  at  Hughes 
Settlement,  of  which  his  wife  and  children  are  meml:ers  also. 

On  the  23d  day  of  January,  1883,  Mr.  Hughes  was  united  in  marriage 
with  Margaret  Sjjain.  whose  parents.  John  and  Bridget  (Quigley)  Spain, 
nati\es  of  Canada,  came  to  Iowa  in  185 1.  and  were  among  the  early  residents 
and  well-known  families  of  Clinton  count}'.  The  following  are  the  names 
of  the  children  born  to  'Sir.  and  Mrs.  Hughes:  Esther,  wife  of  Joseph  Sul- 
liAan  ;  Catherine,  Jose])h.  Ellen.  Ignatius.  Marguerite.  John  and  Ligora.    Mr. 


826  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

Hughes  and  his  estimable  wife  have  been  zealous  in  religious  and  charitable 
work  and  their  neighbors  and  friends  speak  in  high  terms  of  their  many 
sterling  qualities  of  mind  and  heart.  They  have  a  pleasant  home,  in  which 
hospitality  alx)unds,  and  all  who  cross  their  threshold  are  greeted  with  a 
welcome,  which  delays  as  long  as  possible  their  departure.  Possessing  a 
pleasing  personalit}-,  with  a  manner  which  inspires  confidence,  Mr.  Hughes 
is  one  of  the  most  popular  citizens  of  his  community,  a  fact  made  apparent 
by  his  faculty  of  winning  and  retaining  warm  personal   friendships. 


JOHN  WILLIAM  MILLER. 

The  young  man  whom  we  are  now  considering  has  literally  made  his 
own  w^ay  from  boyhood,  having  been  left  an  orphan  at  a  vevy  early  age  and 
having  during  his  youth  worked  at  a  great  variety  of  trades  and  occupations, 
and  passed  through  some  hardships.  In  this  way  he  has  acquired  a  schooling 
in  the  w^ays  of  the  world  such  as  it  is  the  lot  of  few  boys  to  obtain,  and  whose 
value  is  almost  incalculable,  though  it  is  hard  to  reckon  even  this  over  against 
the  loss  of  a  father's  care  and  a  mother's  love,  which  he  early  sustained  and 
has  felt  at  all  times  since.     The  record  of  his  youth  is  exceedingly  interesting. 

John  W.  Miller  was  born  in  Lyons,  Iowa,  on  May  15,  1876,  the  son  of 
William  M.  and  Mary  (Hagemann)  Miller.  His  parents  were  born  in  Ger- 
many and  came  early  to  America,  locating  at  Lyons,  where  his  father  was  a 
grocer  and  dry  goods  merchant,  well  known  as  such  to  the  older  residents  of 
the  town.  When  John  was  two  years  old  his  mother  died,  and  when  he 
was  seven,  his  father  passed  away.  John  lived  wnth  his  step-parents  and  re- 
ceived his  education  in  the  Lyons  common  schools,  the  Lyons  high  school,  and 
Clinton  Business  College.  While  going  to  school  as  a  mere  boy  he  worked 
in  the  summer  for  Gardner,  Bacheller  &  Wells  for  ten  cents  per  day.  Later 
he  w^orked  for  Disbro  &  Company  nine  months  at  thirty-five  cents  a  day. 
Then  he  was  with  the  George  Ashton  Dry  Goods  Company  for  one  year, 
worked  for  I.  A.  Nattenger.  the  dry  goods  merchant,  for  three  years  and  two 
months,  and  then  eight  months  for  the  Chicago  Clothing  Company,  w'here  he 
used  to  work  of  evenings  while  attending  the  business  college.  About  April 
15,  1896,  he  went  to  work  on  the  steamer  "Reindeer"  in  the  packet  line,  re- 
mained on  her  for  five  months,  and  then,  going  to  Chicago,  became  a  newsboy 
on  the  Lake  Shore  &  Michigan  Southern,  following  this  for  five  months. 
Then,  on  returning  to  Clinton,  he  obtained  a  position  with  the  Welke  Coal  & 


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Ice  Company,  and  in  190 1  was  made  manager.  This  is  the  oldest  fuel  com- 
pany in  Lyons.  This  company  has  also  an  office  in  CHnton  under  the  name 
of  the  Clinton  Coal  &  Ice  Company,  and  Mr.  Miller  is  also  manager  of  that. 
This  office  was  located  at  No.  134  Fourth  avenue  on  Ji-ine  i,  1905.  In  1905 
Mr.  Miller  purchased  the  first  up-to-date  spring  ice  wagon  ever  seen  in  Clin- 
ton, and  this  is  only  an  example  of  his  general  progressiveness.  He  is  a 
director  in  the  Clinton  District  Agricultural  Fair  Association.  Fraternally, 
he  is  a  member  of  the  Woodmen  of  the  World,  which  he  joined  in  April, 
1910.  He  is  a  Democrat,  and  in  1904,  at  the  age  of  twenty-seven,  was  elected 
alderman  from  the  sixth  ward,  being  one  of  the  youngest  ever  elected  here. 
In  1908  he  was  re-elected,  and  again  in  19 10.  His  first  election  was  by  a 
majority  of  eighteen,  the  second  by  forty-six,  the  third  by  eighty-eight,  show- 
ing that  his  efficient  service  is  being  recognized.  Three  days  before  the  1904 
election  he  was  requested  by  some  of  his  friends,  old  Democrats,  to  make  the 
race  for  alderman.  He  believed  himself  to  be  too  young,  but  was  finally 
persuaded. 

Mr.  ]\Iiller  was  married  on  November  28,  1899,  to  j\Iae  Dorsey,  a  native 
of  Lyons,  daughter  of  Patrick  and  Anna  Dorsey,  her  father  one  of  the  first 
ice  men  in  Clinton  and  two  terms  a  member  of  the  city  council.  They  are 
the  parents  of  two  interesting  and  attractive  children,  Lucile  Katherine,  aged 
seven,  and  William  Dorsey,  aged  five. 

Mr.  Miller  owns  a  pleasant  and  comfortable  home  at  No.  303  South 
Seventh  street.  He  has  many  friends  in  the  city,  and  is  considered  by  all  as 
one  of  the  livest  and  most  promising  business  men  in  the  county.  Mrs. 
Miller  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church. 


AVILLIAM  ALBERT  WILKE. 

Here  is  mentioned  one  of  the  business  men  of  Clinton  who  has  made  him- 
self well  known  throughout  the  city  as  one  of  the  most  reliable  in  all  his  deal- 
ings and  operations  and  as  a  manager  of  remarkable  ability.  Born  in  Ger- 
manv.  he  came  to  this  country  a  young  man  after  receiving  the  training  for 
which  Germany  is  famous,  in  her  unexcelled  schools,  which  do  so  much  to 
inculcate  the  spirit  of  industry,  a  German  national  trait ;  and  in  her  army,  the 
training  in  which  gives  the  understanding  of  discipline  and  the  building  up  of 
a  physique  which  will  withstand  all  the  hardships  of  life.  With  this  training, 
and  with  his  own  native  ability,  it  is  small  wonder  that  he  has  been  so  sue- 


828  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

cessful  even  though  hampered  at  first  by  being  in  a  foreign  country,  among 
people  who  spoke  a  foreign  tongue. 

WilHam  Albert  Wilke  was  born  in  Demmin,  Pommerania,  Germany, 
September  9.  1859.  son  of  Carl  Wilke,  who  is  mentioned  elsewhere  in  this 
work.  He  received  his  education  in  the  German  schools  and  served  three 
years  in  the  army.  In  October.  i8'85,  he  came  to  America  and  located  in 
Clinton,  where  the  w^hole  family  made  their  residence  for  some  time.  He 
worked  one  year  on  farms,  then  took  up  teaming  and  was  engaged  in  this 
until  1 89 1  or  1892.  when,  with  Fred  C.  Wilke,  he  started  the  ^^1lke  Brothers 
Coal  &  Ice  Company.  After  some  years  successful  operation  of  this  company, 
he  bought  out  his  brother  and  in  1897  organized  the  Wilke  Coal  &  Ice  Com- 
pany. This  company  owns  and  controls  the  Clinton  Coal  &  Ice  Company. 
Mr.  W.  A.  \\^ilke  is  president  of  the  Wilke  Coal  &  Ice  Company,  which  has 
been  very  successful  and  carries  on  extensive  operations,  having  manv  satis- 
fied customers,  the  best  advertisement  for  any  firm. 

?dr.  Wilke  w's  married  in  i88~  to  ^Irs.  Kati?  Miller,  formerh-  Aliss 
Katie  Klint.  No  children  have  1)een  born  to  their  union.  Mr.  Wilke  is  a 
Democrat  in  politics.  In  fraternal  relations  he  is  a  member  of  the  Knights 
of  Pythias,  and  in  his  every  day  life  applies  the  fraternal  principles  of  his 
order.  He  has  gained  many  friends  for  himself  during  his  residence  and 
career  of  business  activity  in  Clinton,  and  is  by  all  considered  one  of  her  most 
progressive  men. 


CHARLES  F.   HOOKS. 

Like  most  voung  men.  the  one  of  whom  we  are  now  writing  has  not 
passed  through  enough  of  life  to  make  his  history  long,  for  his  record  must 
of  necessity  be  more  in  the  future  than  in  the  past.  But  he  has  shown  the 
mettle  that  is  in  him  and  is  now  in  a  very  responsible  position  in  a  manufactur- 
ing establishment.  He  is  well  known  among  the  business  men  of  the  city 
anrl  has  a  verv  promising  future.  He  is  of  Irish  descent,  one  of  that  race 
wliich  will  not  be  downed,  and  which  seems  especially  fitted  for  positions  of 
command  and  management,  showing  clearly  in  his  activities  the  value  of  that 
blood  which  fills  his  veins. 

Charles  F.  Hooks  was  born  in  Clinton.  Iowa.  October  26.  1884.  the 
son  of  Patrick  and  Katherine  (Killagan)  Hooks.  His  parents  were  born  in 
Ireland,  and  very  early  came  to  America,  locating  in  Clinton,  where  his  father 
was  engaged  in  the  lumber  Inisincss  for  many  years,  having  a  large  and  pros- 


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perotis  business.  Patrick  Hooks  has  given  the  most  of  his  hfe  to  his  business 
and  now  is  Hving  a  retired  hfe  in  Chnton.  He  has  many  friends  and  is 
spending  his  old  age  in  peace,  quiet  and  honor.  Of  his  thirteen  children, 
twelve  are  living  and  doing  well  in  the  world. 

Charles  Hooks  attended  the  Clinton  public  schools  and  St.  Mary's  paroch- 
ial school,  being  graduated  in  the  latter.  For  some  time  he  worked  at  various 
things,  but  in  1905  entered  the  employ  of  the  Clinton  Spring  Bed  Company,  a 
leading  manufacturing  establishment  of  the  city.  In  1909  this  was  reorgan- 
ized and  he  was  made  vice-president  of  the  Clinton  Furniture  Company,  a 
position  which  he  now  holds  and  has  efficiently  filled. 

In  politics,  Mr.  Hooks  is  a  Democrat,  and  he  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic 
church.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  Order  of  Foresters,  of  the  Knights 
of  Columbus,  and  of  the  Iowa  Catholic  Total  Abstinence  Society.  He  has  a 
high  reputation  in  Clinton  for  business  sagacity  and  acumen,  and  has  many 
friends,  especially  among  the  younger  element.     He  is  unmarried. 

The  Clinton  Furniture  Company  is  a  prosperous  organization  with  a 
large  and  increasing  output,  and  much  of  its  prosperity  is  due  to  the  good 
management  of  Mr.  Hooks. 


JOHN  WINGERT  EVANS. 

The  subject  of  this  sketch  is  of  English  descent,  fortunate  to  count  him- 
self as  of  that  nation  which  has  spread  its  dominion  farther  than  empire  ever 
before  extended,  and  has  developed  a  language  in  use  by  more  people  than 
ever  spoke  the  same  tongue  before.  Englishmen,  wherever  found,  are  among 
the  leaders,  and  our  own  cosmopolitan  nation  is  built  on  an  English  foundation 
and  has  assimilated  many  of  the  traits  which  have  made  the  mother  country 
mistress  of  the  world's  greatest  dominion.  Although  we  are  nominally  an 
Anglo-Saxon  nation,  still  it  is  unusual  at  this  date  to  find  a  community  where 
this  is  literally  true  and  where  a  majority  of  the  citizens  are  of  English  descent, 
even  remotely. 

John  Wingert  Evans  was  born  in  Clarence,  Iowa,  February  26,  1872,  son 
of  Charles  Albert  and  Ellen  (Wingert)  Evans,  his  father  a  native  of  England, 
his  mother  of  Marvdand.  Charles  Albert  Evans  came  to  this  country  in  1844 
with  his  father,  John  Evans,  and  family.  They  located  in  Wisconsin  first. 
Charles  A.  Evans,  at  the  age  of  about  twenty-six,  came  to  Clarence,  Iowa, 
making  the  iourney  by  horse  and  wagon  instead  of  trains,  and  having  to  ferry 


830  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

across  the  Mississippi.  He  was  married  in  Clarence  and  has  since  farmed  in 
Cedar  county,  owning  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres.  He  and  his  wife  are 
now  Hving  in  Chnton,  retired.  They  are  the  parents  of  three  children,  all 
li\-ing.  Charles  A..  Jr..  Ada,  wife  of  H.  B.  Acott,  and  John  \\\ 

John  W.  Evans  was  educated  in  the  Clarence  high  school,  and  remained 
on  the  farm  until  graduation.  He  then  went  to  Chicago,  in  1889,  and  clerked 
there  in  a  retail  store.  In  1894  he  removed  to  Clinton  and  bought  out  a  drug 
store  at  No.  1020  West  Fourth  street,  and  has  been  here  ever  since.  His 
business  was  very  small  to  begin  \vith,  but  has  since  grown  to  large  pro- 
portions, due  to  his  good  management.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican  on 
national  issues,  but  votes  independently  on  local  affairs.  He  is  a  member  of 
the  Western  Star  Lodge  of  Masons,  of  the  Elks,  and  of  the  Woodmen  of  the 
World. 

Mr.  Evans  was  married  in  1896  to  Edna  L.  Mitchell,  a  native  of  Clinton, 
daughter  of  William  F.  Mitchell,  an  old  settler  who  came  here  when  a  boy. 
They  are  the  parents  of  one  very  attractive  little  daughter.  Mae  Leverge. 

Mr.  Evans'  maternal  grandparents  were  Peter  and  Isabel  (Gary)  Wing- 
ert,  natives  of  Maryland,  but  of  Pennsylvania-German  descent.  They  came 
west  to  Peoria,  Illinois,  remained  there  but  a  short  time  and  then  came  to 
York  Prairie,  Iowa. 

Mr.  Evans  is  one  of  the  most  progressive  druggists  in  the  city  and  has  a 
thoroughly  up-to-date  and  well  ecjuipped  drug  store.  He  is  very  successful  in 
attracting  trade,  acting  on  the  maxim  that  a  satisfied  customer  is  the  best  trade 
getter.  Personally,  he  is  a  man  of  splendid  character  and  high  standing  in 
the  community. 


MILO  J.  JOHN. 


The  enterprising  business  man  whose  name  heads  this  article  is  clearly 
entitled  to  specific  mention  in  this  work.  Carefully  brought  up  in  his  home, 
and  well  instructed  in  the  principles  of  living  by  his  patriotic  father,  he  has 
been  since  faithful  to  his  teachings,  and  has  lived  a  life  in  accordance,  which 
has  brought  him  business  success  and  has  won  for  him  the  esteem  of  the  peo- 
ple of  his  city. 

Milo  J.  John  was  born  in  Springfield,  Ohio,  July  28,  1856,  the  son  of 
Howard  D.  and  Eliza  (Powell)  John.  His  paternal  grandparents  were 
Peter  and (Stough)  John,  the  John  family  being  an  old  Virginia  fam- 
ily of  Welsh  descent.  They,  after  the  birth  of  their  son  Peter,  moved  from 
Virginia  to  Pennsylvania,  and  there  died.     The  maternal  grandparents  were 


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Benjamin,  a  native  of  Kentiick)-,  and  Elvira  (Winans)  Powell,  who  very  early 
located  in  Ohio,  where  their  family  were  born  and  where  they  died. 

Howard  D.  John  was  married  in  Ohio,  and  was  a  carpenter  in  Spring- 
field. ^^'hen  the  war  broke  out  he  enlisted  in  i\pril,  1861,  in  Company  I,  Sec- 
ond Ohio  Volunteers,  and  was  first  lieutenant  at  the  battle  of  Bull  Run. 
Later  he  organized  a  company  which  joined  the  Eighty-sixth  Ohio  as  Com- 
pany I,  with  him  as  captain.  After  his  second  term  of  enlistment  expired,  he 
enlisted  again,  and  was  elected  colonel  of  the  One  Hundred  and  Twenty-ninth 
Ohio,  and  served  in  that  capacity  for  some  time.  His  wife  died  in  1863. 
After  the  war  Colonel  John  took  up  the  carpenter's  trade,  and  followed  it 
until  his  death,  in  Springfield,  Ohio,  on  August  24,  1882.  He  was  much 
respected  in  his  community. 

Milo  John  was  one  of  two  children  of  his  parents,  his  brother  Charles 
R.,  now  living  in  Colorado.  Milo  attended  the  public  schools,  and  Witten- 
burg  College  at  Springfield.  He  entered  the  drug  business  and  worked  at  it 
there  for  three  years  and  a  half.  For  the  same  length  of  time  he  was  engaged 
in  the  business  at  Columbus,  then  returned  to  Springfield  for  a  year.  In  1884 
he  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  went  into  partnership  with  George  Bacon,  at  the 
corner  of  Fifth  avenue  and  Third  street,  under  the  name  of  John  &  Bacon, 
continuing  four  years,  when  Mr.  John,  having  meanwhile  married,  sold  out 
and  went  to  Des  Moines.  Four  years  later  he  returned  to  Clinton,  and  there, 
with  John  Smith  and  H.  E.  By  rum,  now  the  second  vice-president  of  the 
Chicago,  Burlington  &  Quincy  railroad,  organized  the  Clinton  Fruit  &  Prod- 
uce Company.  This  lasted  three  years,  then,  in  1896,  Mr.  John  bought  out 
the  business  at  his  old  stand,  and  has  since  carried  on  a  drug  store  and  phar- 
macy at  that  place,  under  the  name  of  Milo  J.  John  &  Company,  the  store  being 
one  of  the  best  appointed  and  largest  in  the  city.  Mr.  John  is  a  director  and 
vice-president  of  the  Tri-City  Telephone  Company.  In  politics  he  is  a 
Republican,  but  frequently  votes  independently.  He  is  a  Scottish  Rite  Mason, 
and  is  a  member  of  Emulation  Lodge,  Keystone  Chapter,  Holy  Cross  Com- 
mandery  and  Cincinnati  Consistory.  He  is  a  member  of  the  military  order  of 
the  Loyal  Legion,  being  qualified  for  membership  as  the  son  of  an  ofiicer  who 
served  in  the  war  of  the  Rebellion. 

]\Ir.  John  was  married  on  Octol)er  20,  1887,  to  ]\Iaude  Thayer,  second 
daughter  of  Judge  E.  H.  Thayer,  an  old  settler  here,  though  she  was  born  in 
Muscatine.  They  are  the  parents  of  two  children,  Dorette  and  Edward,  a 
student  in  the  Clinton  high  school. 

]\Ir.  John  is  prominent  in  many  circles  of  Clinton,  is  a  business  man  of 
high  order,  and  one  who  has  deservedly  many  friends  in  the  city  and  county. 


832  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

WALDA  M.  GRUMSTRUP. 

No  wide-awake  student  of  modern  conditions  can  fail  to  perceive  the 
industrial  problems  which  threaten  us,  and  to  realize  that  there  must  soon 
be  a  readjustment  of  such  conditons,  or  else,  if  such  does  not  pe-acefully  take 
place,  there  will  be  a  violent  settlement.  Of  course,  all  hope  for  a  peaceful 
and  gradual  adjustment,  but  the  measures  necessary  to  relieve  the  evil  condi- 
tions are  all  more  or  less  socialistic.  Government  is  trending  slowly  in  a  social- 
istic direction,  and  many  of  the  old  party  leaders  today  are  uttering  state- 
ments which  would  have  branded  them  as  rabid  Socialists  a  few  years  ago. 
Perhaps  we  shall  never  see  pure  socialism,  but  all  parties  are  now  uniting  on 
schemes  socialistic  in  their  nature,  and  we  cannot  tell  what  progress  may 
bring  forth. 

Walda  j\I.  Grumstrup  was  born  in  Denmark  on  July  12,  1869,  a  son  of 
Nis  and  Christena  (Everson)  Grumstrup.  His  parents  were  natives  of  Den- 
mark, and  in  1871  the  family  came  to  America,  first  locating  in  Delaware, 
where  Nis  engaged  in  railroad  work.  In  1872  he  removed  to  Chnton,  Iowa, 
where  he  was  employed  one  year  by  C.  Lamb  &  Sons,  then  was  employed  in 
Curtis  Brothers'  sash  and  door  factory  for  about  twenty  years.  In  1893  he 
entered  the  flour  and  feed  business,  in  which  he  prospered,  and  remained  in 
this  until  1908,  when  he  retired.  His  life  has  been  cjuiet  and  mostly  devoted 
to  his  business  and  his  family.  He  and  his  wife  are  still  living.  They  are 
the  parents  of  two  sons  and  three  daughters,  all  living. 

Walda  Grumstrup  was  educated  in  the  Clinton  common  schools,  and  at 
the  early  age  of  ten  or  twelve  learned  the  woodturner's  trade,  and  had  charge 
of  Curtiss  Brothers'  department  of  wood  turning  for  about  sixteen  years. 
Then  in  1908  he  bought  one-fourth  of  the  stock  of  the  Anderson  Furniture 
Company,  and  since  then  has  been  president  of  that  concern.  This  company 
employs  about  fifty  men,  and  makes  extension  and  library  tables  and  kitchen 
cabinets.  Their  business  extends  over  Iowa,  Nebraska,  Kansas,  Illinois, 
South  Dakota,  and  is  spreading  to  other  states.  Their  trade  has  had  a  slow, 
steady  and  healthy  growth.  Since  Mr.  Grumstrup  has  been  president  he 
has  added  a  great  deal  of  improved  machinery. 

In  1892  Mr.  Grumstrup  was  married  to  Johanna  Johnson,  a  native  of 
New  Zealand,  who  received  the  most  of  her  education  in  that  country,  her 
parents  coming  to  this  country  when  she  was  twelve.  She  was  the  daughter 
of  August  P.  Johnson,  a  native  of  Sweden,  and  Elsie  Marrie  Geertsen,  a 
native  of  Denmark.     Mr.  and  Mrs.  Grumstrup  are  the  parents  of  three  chil- 


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(Iren,  Harold,  in  the  class  of  1911,  Clinton  high  school;  Helga,  class  of  1912, 
and  Loretta. 

Air.  (irunistrup  is  a  Republican  in  politics,  hut  has  read  widch'  on  scjcial- 
ism.  and  has  made  a  study  of  socialistic  doctrines.  He  is  a  member  of  the 
Odd  b>llo\vs.  and  w  ill  soon  ha\e  Ijeen  a  member  of  that  order  twenty  years. 
He  is  also  a  member  of  the  Danish  Society  of  ^Mystic  Workers.  On  religious 
subjects  he  is  very  liberal,  and  has  ne\er  affiliated  with  any  church.  He 
lias  thoroughly  demonstrated  his  ability  as  a  business  man  and  a  thorough 
manager,  and  has  caused  his  factor}-  to  prosper  during  his  administration. 
Personally  he  is  popular  among  the  citizens  of  Clinton. 


HON.  JOHN  L.  WILSON. 

WHienever  a  resident  of  Clinton  county  is  asked  to  name  the  most  promi- 
nent farmers  of  the  count}-,  there  is  one  name,  that  of  John  L.  A\'ilson,  of  the 
W^alnut  Stock  farm,  which  always  comes  immediately  to  mind.  Mr.  A\'ilson 
was  born  on  October  25,  1857,  on  the  farm  where  he  now  resides,  the  son  of 
Alatthew  and  Sybbila  (Rugh)  Wilson,  both  natives  of  Pennsylvania,  where 
they  were  married.  Matthew  Wilson  was  the  son  of  John  and  Nancy  W^ilson. 
Jolm  A\'ils()n  came  to  America  from  Ireland  with  his  parents,  who  settled  in 
Allegheny  county,  Pennsyhania,  w  lien  he  was  eight  }-ears  old.  He  spent  his 
life  as  a  farmer,  and  died  in  Allegheny  county.  In  politics  he  was  a  strong 
Democrat,  but  ne\er  cared  to  hold  office.  His  religious  affiliations  were  with 
the  Presbyterian  church. 

yi.  J.  Stick,  the  maternal  uncle  of  Sybbila  AA'ilson,  was  a  Lutheran 
minister,  a  nati\-e  of  Germany,  who  filled  important  charges.  He  was  also  a 
Democrat,  and  died  in  Pennsy[\ania.  His  profession  made  him  widely  known 
and  he  was  highly  respected  and  had  the  confidence  and  respect  of  the  people. 
He  reared  a  large  family  of  children. 

Matthew  Wilson  was  the  second  son  in  a  family  of  three  sons  and  three 
daughters.  Until  he  was  twenty-two  years  of  age  he  remained  at  home,  then 
engaged  in  steamboating  on  the  Ohio  and  lower  Mississippi  rivers,  as  a  mate. 
In  these  times  the  ri\-er  offered  many  attractions  to  a  young  man  of  spirit. 
W'liile  encased  on  the  river  Air.  Wilsc^n  was  married  and  soon  left  steamboat- 
ing  to  go  to  a  farm  in  Penns}l\ania.  But.  seeking  greater  opportunities,  he 
came  to  Chntou  county,  Iowa,  in  1855,  and  rented  a  farm  for  two  years.  He 
brought  with  him  to  this  countv,  his  wife  and  one  child,  a  wagon  and  team  of 

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834  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

horses,  and  four  hundred  dohars  in  money.      In  1856  he  bought  eighty  acres 
which  had  on  it  a  cheap  house,  and  began  to  improve  the  land.     He  continued 
to  add  to  his  holdings  until  he  owned  three  hundred  and  ninety  acres  of  farm 
land  and  ninety  acres  of  timber  land  in  Clinton  county,  and  five  hundred  and 
twenty  acres  in  Story  county,  Iowa,  with  two  hundred  acres  under  culti\'a- 
tion.     He  was  a  hard  working  man,  a  good  financier  and  had  a  good  helpmate, 
and  together  they  accumulated  a  large  estate.     Chnton  county  was  new  and 
undeveloped  when  he  entered  it  and  he  helped  the  moral  and  social  develop- 
ment bv  all  means  in  his  power,  aiding  in  laying  the  foundations  of  good 
government.     His  property  was  accumulated  by  general  farming  and  stock 
raising,  the  surplus  being  very  satisfactorily  invested  in  lands.     His  judgment 
and  business  abilities  were  much  above  the  average.     In  politics   Matthew 
Wilson  was  an  uncompromising  Democrat,  but  he  preferred  not  to  hold  office. 
Having  grown  up  in  the  Presbyterian  faith,  he  ne\'er  departed  from  it.   Wide- 
ly known  and  highly  respected,  his  honor  and  integrity  were  never  impeached. 
On  August  ij,  1884,  he  departed  this  life;  his  wife  had  been  called  on  May 
17,  1883.      She  was  a  devoted  member  of  the  Lutheran  church.     Four  chil- 
dren were  born  to  their  union,  of  whom  the  oldest,  Alartha,  and  the  youngest, 
Benjamin  F.,  died  in  infancy.     Anna  M..  the  second  child,  married  James 
Robb,  and  they  lived  for  some  years  on  the  Story  county  farm,  which  was 
given  to  his  daughter  by  ^Ir.  AA'ilson.     On  account  of  poor  health  they  rented 
the  farm  and  moved  to  Colorado,  where  they  are  now  living  on  a  fruit  farm. 
John  L.  Wilson  was  reared  to  farming  and  stock  raising.     He  attended 
the  district  school,  and  the  Clinton  Business  College,' graduating   from  the 
latter  February  18,  1876.     By  his  father's  will  he  obtained  the  homestead  as 
his  portion,  to  w  liich  h.e  has  added  one  hundred  and  forty  acres,  making  his 
total  holdings  over  five  hundred  acres,  among  the  largest  in  the  county.   While 
carrying  on  general   farming,  he  has  given  his  attention  most  prominently 
to  the  breeding  of  standard  high-grade  stock,  Percheron  horses.  Chester  White 
swine  and  Polled  Durham  cattle,  all  registered.     His  home  place,  the  Walnut 
Stock  Farm,  is  one  of  the  l)est  in  the  state.      It  is  well  watered  and  arranged 
for  stock  and  highly  improved.     It  is  situated  about  six  and  one-half  miles 
from  Clinton,  and  is  well  equipped  with  two  large  barns  and  other  outbuild- 
ings, and  a  large  three-story  house,  making  a  very  valualjle  and  desirable  prop- 
erty.    Mr.  Wilson  is  also  a  stockholder  and  director  in  the  First  National 
Bank  of  Lyons  and  has  many  other  interests. 

Mr.  Wilson  has  always  affiliated  with  the  Democratic  partv  and  is  a 
strong  advocate  of  Democratic  principles,  being  one  of  the  leaders  of  his  party 
in  the  county  and  state.     For  many  years  he  has  worked  in  the  party  harness, 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  835 

filling  township  and  local  offices,  and  serving  as  committeeman  on  the  county 
central  committee.  In  1894  he  was  elected  to  the  lower  house  of  the  General 
Assembly  of  the  state  of  Iowa,  held  this  office  during  the  twenty-fifth  and 
twenty-sixth  sessions  of  the  Assembly  and  at  the  expiration  of  his  term  was 
elected  to  upper  house  or  Senate  for  the  twenty-seventh  to  the  thirty-third 
sessions,  inclusive,  and  has  just  been  elected  for  four  years  more,  holding  the 
reco.rd  for  the  long'est  term  of  continuous  service  in  tlie  Legislature  of  any 
man  in  Iowa.  His  service  has  been  very  satisfactor}-  to  his  constituents,  even 
more  so  than  is  con\"enient  for  ]\Ir.  \\'ilson.  For  a  number  of  }'ears  he  has 
sought  to  retire  from  politics,  but  the  people  nominate  and  elect  him  without 
consulting  his  feehngs,  a  true  case  of  the  office  seeking  the  man.  Mr.  \\'"ilson, 
by  his  long  term  of  ser\ice  and  extensive  acquaintance  in  the  state  capital,  is 
able  to  give  to  his  constituents  valuable  ser\ice,  and  he  has  Ijeen  a  member  of 
many  important  committees,  in  the  last  session  holding  the  position  of  chair- 
man of  the  public  lands  committee,  and  serving  on  the  committees  on  ways 
and  means,  appropriations,  agriculture,  schools,  cities  and  towns,  telegraph 
and  telephones,  and  highways,  a  list  including  many  of  the  most  important 
committees,  while  the  chairmanship  which  he  held  is  one  of  the  most  respon- 
sible gi\en  to  a  member  of  the  minority  party. 

^Ir.  A\'ilson  is  a  consistent  member  of  the  Lutheran  church.  In  fraternal 
relations  he  is  a  Mason  of  the  thirty-second  degree,  and  a  member  of  the 
Knights  of  Pythias  and  Eastern  Star. 

John  L.  ^^'ilson  was  married  on  December  15,  1880.  to  Susie  E.  Cook, 
born  in  Clinton  county.  September  25,  i860,  the  daughter  of  John  B.  and 
Rebecca  (Miller)  Cook,  both  natives  of  Ohio,  where  they  were  married.  ^Iv. 
Cook  was  a  farmer  and  carpenter,  one  of  the  earliest  settlers  of  Clinton  county, 
who  became  prominent  and  well-known.  He  was  a  strong  Republican,  but 
ne\er  aspired  to  office.  His  death  occiu'red  on  December  30,  1906:  his  widow 
now  li\es  at  Lyons,  to  which  cit}'  the}-  had  retired.  They  were  the  parents 
of  eight  children:  The  oldest  died  in  infancy:  Martha  married  Robert  Boyd, 
who  died,  leaving  one  daughter,  and  ■^he  later  married  A.  E.  Boynton :  George 
F.  is  a  farmer;  Susie  E.  is  the  wife  of  the  subject;  Perry  R.,  a  traveling  sales- 
man: \\'illiam,  deceased,  was  a  contractor;  Anna  died  at  the  age  of  thirteen: 
Robert  was  clerk  on  a  steamboat,  and  was  accidentally  drowned. 

'Sly.  and  Mrs.  Wilson  are  the  parents  of  five  children  :  Anna  E.  died  May 
2,  1891,  aged  nine  years  and  se\-en  months:  Charles  was  born  October  30, 
1883;  Ollie  R.  died  May  10,  1891,  aged  .five  years  and  three  months,  she  and 
Anna  dying  of  diphtheria:  John  L..  Jr..  was  born  November  17,  1887:  Clara 
V.  was  born  August  26.  1892.     The  children  are  at  home  and  assist  in  carrv'- 


836  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

ing  on  the  farm.  Afrs.  W^iTson  is  a  lady  of  much  refinement  and  intelHgence 
and  is  an  active  member  of  the  Episcopal  church.  ]\Ir.  Wilson  has  truly  a 
happy  domestic  life,  and  has  been  fortunate  in  this,  as  well  as  in  material 
success. 


TOHX  T.  BLODT. 


Druggists  deal  very  largely  in  the  necessities  and  conveniences  of  life. 
No  other  merchants  keep  so  varied  a  line  as  they  and  no  others  have  so  much 
responsibility,  for  a  mistake  in  filling  a  prescription  may  cost  lives,  while  in 
almost  any  other  mercantile  business  a  mistake  can  only  mean  the  loss  of 
money.  The  druggist  is  the'  one  merchant  who  keeps  open  at  almost  all 
hours;  he  is  the  one  who  is  always  ready  to  supply  our  wants,  if  it  be  only  to 
serve  a  cooling  drink,  or  to  fill  a  highly  important  prescription,  or  to  sell  tis 
some  little  article  of  convenience.  AA^hen  we  stop  to  consider  the  endless 
variety  of  articles  which  we  purchase  from  the  druggist,  we  can  no  longer 
wonder  that,  next  to  the  grocer,  the  druggist  is  the  most  necessary  of  all 
merchants.  Anrl  the  city  of  Clinton  has  no  better  supplied  drug  store,  nor 
none  where  service  is  more  obliging,  than  that  of  ]\Ir.  Blodt. 

John  J.  Blodt  was  born  in  Lyons,  now  a  part  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  May  17. 
1865.  ^^i^  ^^o"  o^  Matthias  and  Elizabeth  (Hassler)  Blodt.  His  parents  were 
born  in  Baden,  Germany,  and  came  to  America  in  about  1850.  They  first 
located  in  Ohio,  but  removed  to  Lyons  in  1858,  where  Mr.  Blodt  established  a 
baker's  shop.  He  was  a  hardworking,  industrious  man  and  gave  his  entire 
attention  to  his  trade.  He  died  in  1887.  His  wife  is  now  living  in  Clinton. 
Six  of  their  eight  children  are  living. 

John  T-  Blodt  was  educated  in  the  Central  school  of  Lyons  and  Clinton, 
now  the  Jefferson  school.  He  then  spent  two  years  in  ]\Iilwaukee  College, 
?nd  one  year  in  ]\It.  Calvarv  College,  in  Wisconsin.  In  1886  he  returned  to 
Clinton  and  liegan  to  work  in  the  drug  store  of  Milo  J.  John,  staying  with  him 
five  years.  In  1891  he  went  west,  and  the  next  year  returned  and  married. 
He  v>as  employed  in  different  drug  stores  and  for  several  years  had  charge  of 
W.  M.  Desmond's  .store.  In  1901  he  bought  the  store  at  Xo.  118  South  Sec- 
ond street  and  in  190:^  built  a  store  of  his  own  at  No.  116  South  Second 
street.  Here  he  is  still  located  and  has  more  than  doubled  his  business  since 
starting.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Modern 
Woodmen  of  America,  of  the  Eraternal  Order  of  Eagles,  Royal  Arcanum  and 
Knights  of  Pythias,  of  which  he  was  for  five  years  chairman  of  the  board  of 
trustees,  and  now  is  secretary. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  837 

Mr.  Blodt  was  married  in  1892  to  Ida  L.  Bagley.  of  Clinton,  daughter 
of  George  W.  and  Mary  Jane  Bagley.  old  residents  of  Clinton.  To  their 
union  two  children  ha\e  been  born,  Alarguerite  and  Harold  John. 

]\Ir.  Blodt  is  well  thought  of  and  highly  regarded  by  those  who  best 
know  him.  In  business  he  is  alert  and  aggressive  and  thus  has  prospered  and 
has  encouraging  future  prospects.  He  takes  much  pride  in  the  appearance 
and  stocking  of  his  store. 


MATZEN  &   HANSEN. 

Herein  we  mention  a  firm  composed  of  young  and  enterprising  busi- 
ness men,  who  have  been  engaged  but  a  short  time  in  their  present  business, 
but  in  that  short  time  have  shown  their  ecjuipment  in  the  qualities  which 
make  for  success  and  the  results  of  their  training  in  the  school  of  experience, 
and  they  have  taken  their  place  in  the  front  rank  of  Clinton's  commercial  life. 

Frank  Joseph  Matzen  was  born  in  Clinton,  Iowa.  May  12,  1879,  the 
son  of  Peter  Matzen,  born  in  Germany,  and  Anna  (Traeger)  Matzen,  born 
in  Galena,  Illinois,  August  22,  1855.  Peter  Matzen  came  to  America  when 
a  voune  man.  and  for  manv  vears  conducted  a  retail  clothing  store  in  Clin- 
ton  under  the  name  of  Matzen  &  Bockel  Company.  Later  in  life  he  was 
eneraeed  in  the  insurance  business,  in  which  he  continued  until  his  death,  in 
188 1.  He  was  a  man  of  strong  character  and  highly  respected.  He  and  his 
wife  were  the  parents  of  four  children,  Frank  Joseph,  Mrs.  Anna  Maxheim, 
Peter  and  Mrs.  Louise  Hansen.  The  mother  died  when  Frank  Joseph  was 
five  years  old. 

Frank  Matzen  was  educated  in  the  Clinton  schools  and  in  1895  began 
working  for  W.  L.  Hale,  the  grocer,  and  continued  with  him  until  he  went 
out  of  business,  gaining  under  him  much  valuable  experience.  On  June  25, 
19 TO,  he  and  John  C.  Hansen  bought  out  the  old  Hale  grocery,  one  of  the 
first  established  in  Clinton,  and  have  since  been  conducting  it. 

Mr.  Matzen  was  married  on  December  15,  1905,  to  Clara  E.  Hansen, 
who  was  born  in  Clinton,  the  daughter  of  Godber  and  \\'ipke  Hansen. 

lohn  C.  Hansen  was  born  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  December  27,  1870,  the 
son  of  Godber  Hansen,  who  was  born  in  Germany  in  December,  1843,  ^"d 
Wipke  (Tolk)  Hansen,  born  in  Germany  :\Iarch  7,  1846.  Godber  Hansen 
and  his  wife  came  to  this  country  in  1865  or  1866,  and  were  married  in  1868 
in  Clinton,  Iowa.  In  the  early  eighties  Mr.  Hansen  entered  the  retail  gro- 
cery business,  and  continued  in  it  until  1890.  Since  that  time  he  has  been 
engaged  as  a  general  contractor.     He  served  the  Democratic  party  as  county 


838  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

supervisor  from  1889  to  1893,  and  has  also  been  alderman  from  the  first 
ward  of  Clinton.  He  has  been  faithful  to  the  interests  of  the  people  in  his 
official  capacities,  and  has  gained  the  esteem  of  those  who  know  him.  John 
C.  Hansen  has  two  brothers,  Alfred  and  Fred  G.,  and  four  sisters,  Minnie, 
Mrs.  Clara  Matzen,  Mrs.  Amanda  Hagen  and  Alma. 

John  C.  Hansen  attended  the  Clinton  public  schools,  then  for  five  years 
he  worked  for  his  father  in  his  grocery  store.  For  three  years  he  was  en- 
gaged in  bridge  building,  then  from  11891  until  1900  was  in  the  Clinton  fire 
department,  following  which  for  ten  years  he  was  in  the  saloon  business, 
for  six  years  of  that  time  in  the  Turner  Hall.  In  June,  19 10,  he  entered  with 
his  brother-in-law,  Frank  J.  Matzen,  as  partner  in  a  retail  grocery  at  No. 
216  South  Fourth  street.  Fraternally,  he  is  a  member  of  the  Turner  So- 
ciety and  of  the  Eagles. 

Mr.  Hansen  was  married  on  April  18,  1894,  to  Christine  Andresen, 
who  was  born  in  Clinton,  the  daughter  of  Julius  and  Eliza  Andresen,  early 
settlers  of  Clinton.  (See  sketch  elsewhere  of  the  Andresen  family.)  They 
are  the  parents  of  the  following  children:  Alvin,  Ethel,  Leona,  Edna, 
Hilma,  Edwin,  Louis,  and  Harold,  deceased.  They  are  as  bright  and  attrac- 
tive a  family  of  young  people  as  one  would  wish  to  see. 

Mr.  ]\Iatzen  and  Mr.  Hansen  are  courteous  and  accommodating,  ener- 
getic and  enterprising,  and  have  many  friends.  They  are  the  proprietors  of 
a  verv  neat  grocery,  in  which  their  goods  are  well  arranged  for  display,  and 
show  that  they  thoroughly  understand  the  essentials  of  their  business.  They 
handle  a  fresh  line  of  staple  and  fancy  groceries  of  every  kind,  and  enjoy  a 
large  and  constantly  increasing  patronage. 


OLIN  E.  HILL. 


A  young  man  who  by  careful  attention  to  his  work  and  by  thorough 
grounding  in  the  ])rinciples  of  the  responsible  profession  of  pharmacist,  has 
made  his  place  of  business  one  of  the  best  known  and  most  frequented  of  its 
kind  in  the  city,  and  who  has  gained  for  himself  a  reputation  for  reliability, 
progressiveness  and  sterling  character, — to  write  of  such  a  man  is  a  pleasing 
task. 

Olin  E.  Hill  was  born  in  Clinton.  Iowa,  son  of  Joseph  and  Dora  S. 
(Smith)  Hill.  His  father  was  born  in  Massachusetts,  his  mother  in  Vermont, 
and  they  came  to  Iowa  in  1863.  and  located  in  Clinton,  where  his  father  had 
charge  of  the  waterworks  west  of  the  city  for  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  839 

railroad  many  years.  They  were  the  parents  of  seven  children,  of  whom 
six  are  living.  The  mother  is  living-  and  the  father  died  in  1896.  He  lived  a 
quiet  life,  and  gave  his  entire  attention  to  his  work  and  his  family,  in  which 
he  took  much  pleasure  and  pride. 

Olin  Hill  received  his  earlier  education  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton, 
and  later  attended  the  Chicago  College  of  Pharmacy,  from  which  he  gradu- 
ated. On  January  i,  1896.  he  became  a  partner  of  Mr.  Ludolph  in  the  drug 
business,  under  the  firm  name  of  Ludolph  &  Hill.  This  partnership  continued 
for  ten  years  when  Mr.  Hill  bought  Mr.  Ludolph  out  and  continues  the  busi- 
ness at  the  same  location,  No.  922  South  Fourth  street,  in  the  same  room  in 
which,  as  a  l)()y.  l:e  worked  ;ind  learned  the  beginnings  of  the  luisiness.  and 
first  found  his  bent  towards  his  present  profession.  In  politics  he  is  a  Repub- 
lican and  both  he  and  his  wife  are  members  of  the  Methodist  church.  His 
fraternal  membership  is  with  the  Emulation  Lodge  of  Masons,  the  Odd  Fel- 
lows, and  the  American  Lodge  of  Alodern  Woodmen  of  America. 

Mr.  Hill  .was  married  on  June  2,  1897,  to  Lula  M.  Smith,  a  native  of 
Clinton,  daughter  of  George  S.  Smith.  No  children  have  been  born  to  them, 
but  they  have  adopted  one  child. 

Mr.  Hill  is  much  devoted  to  his  business,  and  is  a  man  whose  life  and 
character  speak  for  themselves  of  their  worth  to  those  who  know  him,  of 
whom  there  are  many  in  Clinton,  and  many  who  are  glad  to  consider  him  their 
friend. 


HOBART  E.  MARTIN,  M.  D. 

To  the  ambitious  man  of  scientific  tastes  nothing  offers  a  more  inviting 
profession  than  medicine.  Much  as  has  been  accomplished  in  that  realm, 
our  knowledge  is  still  comparatively  vague  and  brief,  and  the  young  man  of 
medical  training,  with  clear  and  acute  senses  and  good  reasoning  powers,  is 
situated  where  he  has  endless  opportunities  for  discoveries  which  may  further 
the  cause  of  health,  add  to  human  knowledge  and  bring  to  him  the  conscious- 
ness of  merited  achievement. 

Hobart  E.  Martin  was  born  in  Lancaster,  New  Hampshire,  March  i, 
1878.  the  son  of  George  A.  and  Addie  (Snow)  Martin,  his  father  born  in  New 
York,  his  mother  in  New  Hampshire.  His  paternal  grandparents  were  Albert 
and  Carrie  Martin,  who  spent  their  lives  in  New  York.  His  maternal  grand- 
parents were  Dr.  Louis  and  Harriet  (Hobart)  Snow,  who  resided  in  New 
Hampshire  throughout  their  lives.  Harriet  Hobart  was  a  sister  of  the  father 
of  Garrett  A.  Hobart.  who  was  Vice-President  under  President  McKinley. 


840  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

George  A.  Alartin  was  a  member  of  the  Vermont  Volunteer  Infantry 
and  served  throughout  the  war,  being  for  a  while  in  the  hospital  corps.  After 
the  war  he  went  to  New  Hampshire  and  was  married.  He  lived  there  until 
1895.  when  he  moved  to  Boone,  Iowa,  where  he  died  in  1897.  All  his  life  he 
was  a  practicing  physician,  a  close  student  who  gave  all  his  time  to  his  pro- 
fessional work.  His  wife  died  in  1888.  They  were  the  parents  of  two  sons, 
both  of  whom  are  physicians,  and  two  daughters. 

Hobart  E.  ]\Iartin  was  educated  at  Hyde  Park,  Massachusetts,  and 
graduated  in  medicine  from  the  Iowa  State  University  in  1901.  He  practiced 
in  Elvira,  Iowa,  for  six  years,  and  then  moved  to  Lyons,  where  he  has  since 
engaged  in  practice.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican.  He  is  a  member  of  the 
Iowa  State  and  of  the  Rock  River  Medical  Societies,  and  in  his  fraternal  re- 
lations is  an  Elk.     His  wife  and  children  are  members  of  the  Episcopal  church. 

Mr.  Martin  was  married  on  November  28,  1900,  to  Bertha  Phillips,  a 
native  of  West  Liberty,  Iowa,  and  daugliter  of  N.  M.  and  Mary  Philips,  who 
came  here  from  Virginia  at  an  early  time.  To  their  union  three  bright  and 
interesting  children  have  been  born,  Hobart  E..  Jr.,  Muriel  and  Vivian. 

Doctor  Martin  is  a  young  man  of  great  promise.  He  is  enjoying  a  com- 
paratively large  practice  and  has  been  successful.  He  possesses  the  qualities 
which  go  to  make  up  the  reliable  practitioner  and  has  the  confidence  of  the 
people.  Personally  he  is  very  popular  and  we  are  glad  to  record  the  history 
of  such  as  he. 


HENRY  WARNING. 


It  would  l)e  interesting  to  trace  the  evolution  of  furniture  from  the 
stones  and  blocks  of  wood  used  as  seats  in  the  earliest  times  and  the  heaps 
of  boughs  used  as  beds,  to  the  light  and  comfortable  chairs  and  the  iron- 
frame  beds  used  today.  Perhaps  it  would  be  more  interesting  to  trace  the 
various  styles  of  furniture  which  have  prevailed  throughout  the  different 
periods,  some  of  them  ugly  and  cumbersome,  some  of  them  triumphs  of 
artistic  merit.  The  gentleman  whose  name  heads  this  sketch  has  long  been 
connected  with  different  aspects  of  the  furniture  business,  and  is  now  con- 
cerned in  a  factorv  which  is  one  of' the  important  enterprises  of  Clinton,  and 
which  turns  out  a  line  of  furniture  well  designed,  with  special  attention 
both  to  artistic  ap]^earance  and  to  durability  in  ser\-ice,  in  l^oth  of  which  the 
product  of  his  factory  excels. 

Henry  Warning  was  born   in   Stratford,   Canada,   December   18,    1861, 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  84 1 

the  son  of  Fred  and  Emily  (Kreich)  Warning.  His  parents  ^\  ere  natives 
of  Germany  and  came  t(^  Canada  single,  at  the  respective  ages  of  seventeen 
and  fourteen,  and  settled  in  Montreal.  Fred  Warning  was  a  carpenter  hy 
trade,  and  in  1864  moved  to  Chicago  and  was  there  engaged  in  contracting 
until  his  death.  He  gave  his  attention  almost  entirely  to  his  trade  and  Ids 
familv  and  was  a  much  respected  man.  He  died  November  i.  1907.  and  his 
wife  on  March  14,  1893.  They  were  the  parents  of  seven  children,  five  of 
whom  are  still  living. 

Henrv  Warning  attended  the  common  schools  of  the  city  of  Chicago. 
He  learned  the  woodturner's  trade,  and  followed  that  from  1877  until  1906. 
He  lived  in  Chicago  until  1897,  when  he  mo^'ed  to  Lyons,  Iowa,  and  here 
followed  the  same  trade  with  M.  A.  Disbrow  &  Company.  In  1906,  in  com- 
pan}'  with  the  two  Messrs.  Grumstrup,  mentioned  in  this  work,  lie  bought 
out  the  Anderson  Furniture  Company  and  they  reorganized  it  and  ha\e  since 
carried  it  on.  In  politics.  IMr.  AA'arning  is  generally  a  Republican,  but  some- 
times ^'otes  independently.  His  family  are  members  of  the  ]\Iethodist  church, 
Init  he  is  lil)eral  in  religious  \-iews.  Fraternally,  he  is  a  member  of  the  Odd 
Fellows  and  of  the  Modern  Woodmen. 

]\Ir.  A\"arning  was  married  on  May  25,  1887,  to  Theresa  Weiss,  daughter 
of  John  and  Mary  Weiss,  old  settlers  of  Saginaw,  Michigan.  They  are  the 
parents  of  four  children :  Edna,  deceased ;  Gertrude,  a  teacher  in  the  public 
schools  of  Clinton  county;  Caroline,  a  student  of  the  Lyons  high  school,  in 
her  junior  year ;  and  Willard,  a  jiupil  in  the  common  schools. 

Mr.  AA'arning  is  thoroughly  familiar  with  the  furniture  business,  having 
learned  all  liranches  of  the  industry  thoroughly,  and  is  a  competent  business 
man.     He  has  many  friends  in  the  city  and  is  highly  respected. 


REUBEN  CHARLES  HART. 

One  of  the  younger  citizens  of  Clinton,  who  has  stamped  the  impress  of 
his  strong  individuality  upon  the  minds  of  the  people  of  Clinton  county  in 
such  a  manner  as  to  render  him  one  of  the  conspicuous  characters  of  this 
locality,  is  Reuben  Charles  Hart,  the  well  known  and  able  civil  engineer.  He 
was  born  on  June  21,  1870,  at  Lyons,  Iowa,  and  is  the  son  of  John  S.  and 
Harriet  (Clark)  Hart.  The  father  is  the  son  of  Philip  and  Mary  (Mc- 
Mahon)  Hart.  Philip  Hart  came  to  this  countiy  from  Ireland  where  he  was 
born  in  1811,  reaching  Canada  in  1832.  He  was  a  Democrat  and  a  devout 
Roman  Catholic. 


842  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

John  S.  Hart  came  to  Lyons,  Iowa,  in  1866,  later  moving  to  Clinton 
where  he  was  in  business  for  many  years.  He  is  a  Democrat  and  thirty- 
second-degree  Alason. 

Reuben  C.  Hart  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  Clinton,  and,  entering  the 
service  of  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  railroad,  obtained,  while  in  the  civil 
engineering  department  of  this  road,  a  practical  education  in  civil  engineering, 
which  profession  he  now  follows.  After  ten  years  in  railroad  work,  he 
entered  the  service  of  the  city  of  Clinton  in  March,  1902,  as  assistant  city 
engineer.  In  November,  1902,  he  was  elected  to  the  office  of  county  sur- 
veyor and  in  March,  1908,  to  that  of  city  engineer  of  Clinton,  both  of  which 
offices  he  still  holds.  He  is  an  associate  member  of  the  American  Society  of 
Civil  Engineers,  charter  member  of  the  American  Society  of  Engineering 
Contractors  and  a  member  of  the  Iowa  Engineering  Society.  As  a  public 
servant  his  course  has  been  marked  by  fidelity  to  duty  and  a  high  grade  of 
ability.  Politically,  he  is  a  Democrat,  and  is  prominent  in  political  affairs, 
also  in  lodge  circles,  being  a  thirty-second-degree  Mason. 

^Ir.  Hart  was  married  in  1895  to  Martha  Connor,  of  Clinton,  and  they 
have  resided  in  this  citv  since  that  time. 


ERIC  C.  MATSON. 


That  America  still  means  "opportunity"  is  evidenced  in  the  case  of  Mr. 
Matson,  still  a  comparatively  young  man,  who  came  to  this  country  at  the 
age  of  twenty  with  no  fortune  save  his  own  clear  brain  and  strong  body  and 
the  inheritance  of  the  good  Danish  blood,  which  flows  in  the  veins  of  a  race 
of  powerful  men  of  marked  capabilities  and  endowments.  With  nothing 
save  this  equipment,  he  has  brought  himself  through  various  vicissitudes  of 
fortune  to  the  position  of  one  of  the  prosperous  business  men  of  his  city, 
owing  his  advancement  to  the  aid  of  no  one  and  being  truly  self-made. 

Eric  C.  Matson  was  born  in  Denmark  on  September  2,  i860.  He  re- 
ceived his  education  in  the  excellent  schools  of  his  native  country  and,  feel- 
ing that  opportunities  would  be  greater  in  the  new  world,  he  came  to  Amer- 
ica in  1880.  not  stopping  until  he  reached  Clinton,  Iowa,  which  has  since 
been  his  home.  He  was  a  general  workingman  up  until  1895,  '^vhen  he  bought 
a  line  of  oil  tank  wagons  from  Ham  Blackledge,  an  old  settler,  and  for  fif- 
teen vears  was  engaged  in  this  business,  in  which  he  accumulated  quite  a 
little  property.  In  19 10  ]\Ir.  Alatson  purchased  the  North\vestern  Steam 
Laundrv,  and  in  the  short  time  that  he  has  been  its  owner  has  thoroughly 


CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  843 

demonstrated  his  capacity  in  its  management.  This  is  a  steam  laundry, 
with  full  modern  equipment,  capable  of  doing  the  best  of  work  and  with 
the  best  of  facilities  for  quick  and  complete  service.  Mr.  Alatson  believes  in 
satisfying  his  patrons,  and  by  doing  so  is  building  up  an  increased  business, 
every  day  gaining  in  amount.  In  politics  Mr.  Matson  is  independent,  vot- 
ing for  the  man  whom  he  thinks  will  best  fill  the  office  and  not  for  a  party 
emblem.     Fraternally,  he  is  a  member  of  the  Danish  Brotherhood. 

In  April,  1885,  Eric  C.  Matson  was  married  to  Hansina  Anderson,  of 
Clinton,  wlio  was  born  in  Germany.  To  this  union  five  children  have  been 
born,  namely :  Arthur,  now  of  Oklahoma  City,  Oklahoma ;  Walter,  of 
Clinton;  Helen  and  Frances,  at  home;  and  Olga,  who  is  the  bookkeeper  in 
her  father's  laundry. 

Mr.  Matson  is  a  business  man  of  recognized  integrity  and  keen  acu- 
men. Beginning  life  with  nothing,  in  a  foreign  countiy,  he  has  by  his  own 
efforts  gained  a  competence  and  lifted  himself  to  a  position  of  honor  and 
influence,  commanding  the  respect  of  his  neighbors.  He  has  many  friends, 
who  are  glad  because  of  his  success. 


JERRY  WOLFE,  V.  S. 

In  his  chosen  field  of  endeavor  Dr.  Jerry  Wolfe,  of  Grand  Alound, 
Orange  township,  Clinton  county,  has  achieved  success  such  as  few  attain 
and  his  present  eminent  standing  among  the  veterinary  surgeons  of  eastern 
Iowa  is  duly  recognized  and  appreciated  not  only  in  his  own  town  and  town- 
ship, ])ut  throughout  the  county  and  in  adjoining  localities,  and  as  a  citizen 
he  easily  ranks  with  the  most  progressive  and  influential  in  his  vicinity.  His 
course  has  ever  been  above  suspicion,  and  those  favored  with  an  intimate  ac- 
quaintance with  him  are  profuse  in  their  praise  of  his  many  virtues  and  up- 
right character. 

Doctor  Wolfe  is  a  native  of  Liberty  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
having  been  born  here  on  August  16,  1875,  and  he  is  the  son  of  James  B. 
and  Anna  (O'Connor)  Wolfe,  and  a  nephew  of  Judge  P.  B.  Wolfe,  well 
known  in  judicial  circles  of  Clinton  county.  The  father  was  born  in  Ire- 
land, and  the  mother's  birth  occurred  in  Jackson  county,  Iowa. 

The  Doctor  was  reared  on  a  farm,  where  he  worked  in  the  fields  dur- 
ing the  summer  months  and  attended  the  public  schools  in  the  wintertime  at 
Lost  Nation.  Later  he  spent  three  years  at  the  Iowa  State  Teachers'  Col- 
lege, and  one  year  at  the  State  Agricultural  College  at  Ames,  Iowa.     He  ap- 


844  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

plied  himself  very  closely  to  his  text-books  and  made  rapid  progress,  receiv- 
ing a  high  education  along  general  lines.  Deciding  to  turn  his  attention  to 
veterinary  surgery,  he  took  the  course  at  the  Chicago  Veterinary  College, 
from  which  he  was  graduated  with  honor  in  1905.  Soon  afterwards  he  re- 
turned to  Clinton  county  and  located  at  Grand  Mound,  where  he  has  since 
remained,  having  been  very  successful  from  the  first,  and  he  has  built  up  a 
large  and  e^'er-growing  patronage,  his  services  being  in  great  demand.  He 
has  lieen  very  successful  in  his  chosen  calling  and  he  keeps  abreast  of  the 
times  in  all  discoveries,  research  work  and  whatever  pertains  to  veterinary 
surgery. 

While  in  college  Doctor  Wolfe  was  the  champion  foot  racer  of  the 
state  of  Iowa,  and  he  has  thirty-seven  gold  medals  and  seventeen  silver 
medals.     He  became  widely  known  as  a  foot  racer  and  athlete. 

The  Doctor  is  chief  of  the  fire  department  at  Grand  Mound,  and  he  has 
built  up  a  very  proficient  and  reliable  force  of  fire  fighters  here.  Politically, 
he  is  a  Democrat,  and  he  and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Catholic  church 
and  faithful  in  their  attendance  and  support  of  the  same. 

On  February  11,  1909,  the  marriage  of  Doctor  W^olfe  and  Mary  Wiley, 
of  Chicago,  was  solemnized.  She  is  a  native  of  Horton,  Kansas,  having 
been  born  on  August  23,  1887.  She  is  a  lady  of  education  and  culture  and 
the  representative  of  an  excellent  and  highly  honored  family.  To  the  Doc- 
tor and  wife  one  child,  James  Wiley,  has  been  born,  his  birth  being  recorded 
as  April  7,  1910.  Doctor  Wolfe  is  a  life  member  of  the  Chicago  Veterinary 
Societv. 


CLINTON   BUSINESS   COLLEGE. 

No  history  of  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  would  l3e  complete  were  there  fail- 
ure to  give  a  conspicuous  review^  of  the  Clinton  Business  College,  which  is 
under  the  able  management  of  B.  J.  Heflin,  whose  every  effort  to  advance  the 
cause  of  education  here  has  been  promptly  recognized  and  appreciated,  the 
business  i)ul)lic  co-operating  to  make  this  one  of  the  most  thorough  and  pop- 
ular institutions  of  its  kind  in  the  state.  During  the  past  years  of  its  organ- 
ization as  an  institution  established  to  promote  the  highest  principles  of  busi- 
ness education,  it  has  based  its  claim  upon  merit  alone.  The  success  achieved 
has  been  accomplished  by  devotion  to  the  individual  wants  and  requirements  of 
those  who  have  come  within  its  doors  seeking  the  practical  things  of  life,  and 
by  strict  fidelity  to  all  students.  The  watchword  of  the  institution  has  ever 
been  "Progress,"  and  no  legitimate  effort  has  ever  been  spared  to  promote  the 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  .  845 

interest  of  its  patrons  and  the  advancement  of  the  pupils.  Many  years  of 
faithful  Avork  have  earned  for  this  school  the  reputation  it  now  enjoys. 
Thousands  of  dollars  invested  in  the  furnishing  of  appliances  for  the  comfort 
and  advancement  of  its  students,  and  the  selection  of  teachers  who  exactly  fill 
their  places,  is  an  indelible  stamp  upon  its  loyalty. 

The  Clinton  Business  College  is  fortunately  located  in  one  of  the  best 
cities  in  the  state,  which  offers  special  advantages  to  those  contemplating  tak- 
ing a  course  in  a  first-class  business  college,  and  at  the  same  time  prospecting 
for  a  more  permanent  position  or  paying  business  than  they  now  have.  The 
reason  for  this  is,  Clinton  has  more  enterprise,  better  natural  facilities,  more 
railroads,  and  more  money  invested  in  manufacturing  enterprises,  and  is  en- 
joying better  growth  than  any  other  city  in  the  state.  This  college  is  located 
at  Xos.  101-103  Fifth  avenue,  covering  over  eight  thousand  five  hundred 
scjuare  feet  of  floor  space,  situated  on  the  second  floor  of  the  Shoecraft  block, 
a  central  location  in  a  healthful  part  of  the  city,  on  two  street  car  lines,  near 
the  railroad  depots,  and  only  one  block  from  the  principal  hotels.  The  rooms 
are  nicely  furnished,  well  lighted  and  ventilated,  heated  by  steam  and  fitted 
with  gas  and  electric  lights,  pleasant  and  easy  of  access.  School  is  in  session 
throughout  the  year  except  on  legal  holidays  and  a  short  vacation  in  August. 
The  work  in  this  school  is  so  arranged  that  pupils  may  enter  at  any  time  and 
the}'  are  placed  in  suitable  classes.  The  year's  work  is  not  divided  into  terms, 
and  examinations  are  held  at  the  end  of  each  month.  A  valuable  course  of 
lectures  is  given  during  the  school  year,  by  the  business  and  professional 
men  of  the  city.  This  school  has  alwa}'s  striven  for  neatness,  accuracv  and 
speed,  and  superior  results  haAC  l^een  reached.  The  reasonable  but  firm  disci- 
pline which  daily  surrounds  the  student  in  this  school  tends  to  establish  habits 
that  ])usiness  men  will  commend.  Every  detail  of  actual  ofiice  work  that  can 
be  incorporated  into  the  work  of  a  school  has  been  added  here,  the  students 
receiving  the  most  practical  kind  of  training,  so,  practically,  nothing  is  left 
to  be  le'irned  l)y  the  pupil  when  he  enters  the  office  of  his  employer.  The 
touch  typewriting  system  and  the  Chartier  system  of  shorthand,  and  all  of 
the  most  advanced,  yet  most  practical  and  simplest,  methods  and  systems  are 
used  in  this  school,  hence  rapid  progress  is  made  and  the  very  liest  results  ob- 
tained. 

The  course  of  study  is  interesting  and  made  most  attractiA-e  to  the  student, 
being  thorough  and  standard.  It  includes :  Business  course,  embracing  book- 
keeping, arithmetic,  commercial  law,  penmanship,  business  correspondence, 
grammar,  rapid  calculation,  business  practice,  spelling;  shorthand  course,  em- 
bracing shorthand,  typewriting,  grammar,  l)usiness  correspondence,  spelling. 


846  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

arithmetic,  rapid  calculation,  model  office  work;  penmanship ;  combined  course, 
embracing  bookkeeping,  business  practice,  arithmetic,  commercial  law,  pen- 
manship, business  correspondence,  grammar,  spelling,  rapid  calculation,  short- 
hand, typewriting  and  model  office  work. 

Air.  Heflin  is  aided  by  a  ven'  carefully  selected  and  capable  corps  of  in- 
structors, the  best  in  their  departments  that  can  be  obtained,  and  everything  is 
under  a  superb  system  and  remarkaljle  results  are  quickly  obtained.  The  city 
of  Clinton  is  justly  proud  of  such  an  institution  which  would  be  a  credit  to  any 
community,  in  fact,  its  value  to  the  industrial  life  of  the  locality  could  not  be 
estimated. 

It  is  a  worthv  privilege  to  be  able  here  to  acquaint  the  citizens  of  Clinton 
county  with  a  brief  personal  biography  of  the  gentleman  who  has  labored  to 
such  goodlv  ends  in  building  up  this  meritorious  institution,  and  the  closing 
paragraphs  of  this  review  will  have  to  do  with  President  Benjamin  Heflin, 
who  was  born  December  23.  1869,  at  Galesburg,  Illinois.  He  is  the  son  of 
Alexander  and  Matilda  (Brown)  Heflin,  the  father  born  Alay  15,  1839,  and 
the  mother  on  April  4,  1844.  both  natives  of  Galesburg,  Illinois.  The  elder 
Heflin  devoted  his  life  to  agricultural  pursuits,  spending  his  life  on  a  farm  of 
about  three  hundred  acres,  which  was  secured  from  the  government  by  the 
paternal  grandfather,  Reuben  Heflin,  who  came  to  Illinois  at  a  very  early 
date,  buving  the  land  at  one  dollar  and  twenty-five  cents  per  acre.  The  same 
is  now  very  valuable.  Reuben  Heflin  set  out  a  five-acre  orchard,  and  it  was 
not  an  uncommon  sight  to  see  the  orchard  surrounded  liy  moving  wagons  on 
their  way  west,  for  the  Heflin  farm  was  an  excellent  place  to  camp  over 
night. 

Alexander  Heflin  and  wife  are  still  living,  now  being  retired,  having 
moved  from  their  farm  into  a  cozy  home  in  Galesburg,  Illinois.  Seven  children 
were  born  to  them. 

Benjamin  J.  Heflin,  of  this  review,  received  his  early  education  in  the 
public  schools  of  Galesburg,  subsequently  attending  the  Dixon  Normal  School, 
from  which  he  was  graduated.  He  was  also  graduated  from  the  Iowa  Com- 
mercial College  at  Davenport,  Iowa.  Thus  being  well  equipped  for  his  life 
work,  he  came  to  Clinton.  Iowa,  in  1892,  and  became  president  of  the  Clinton 
Business  College  and  has  very  faithfully  discharged  the  duties  of  the  same  to 
the  present  time,  this  institution  having  had  a  steady  growth  under  his  judi- 
cious management. 

]\Ir.  Heflin  was  married  on  December  27,  1897,  to  Gertrude  Garrett,  and 
this  union  has  been  blessed  by  the  1)irt]i  of  two  children,  Benjamin  Harrison 
and  \\'illiam  fackson. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  847 

WILLIS  E.  KEITH,  M.  D. 

There  is  no  class  to  whom  greater  gratitude  is  due  from  the  world  at 
large  than  the  self-sacrificing,  sympathetic,  noble-minded  men  whose  life- 
^vork  is  the  alleviation  of  suffering  and  the  ministering  of  comfort  to  the 
afflicted,  to  the  end  that  the  span  of  human  existence  may  be  lengthened  and 
a  greater  degree  of  satisfaction  enjoyed  during  the  remainder  of  their  sojourn. 
There  is  no  standard  by  which  their  beneficent  influence  can  be  measured; 
their  heli)fu]ness  is  lin:ited  onlv  l;y  the  extent  of  their  knowledge  and 
skill,  while  tlieir  power  goes  hand  in  hand  with  the  wonderful  laws  of  nature 
that  spring  from  the  very  source  of  life  itself.  Among  the  physicians  and 
surgeons  of  Clinton  county,  who.  while  yet  young  in  years,  have  risen  to 
eminence  in  their  chosen  calling  and  to  whom  the  future  fields  of  endeavor 
beckon  with  great  ])romise  is  Dr.  Willis  E.  Keith,  of  Clinton,  whose  career 
has  been  that  of  a  broad-minded,  conscientious  worker  in  the  sphere  to  which 
his  life  and  energies  have  been  devoted  and  whose  profound  knowledge  has 
won  for  him  a  leading  place  among  the  distinguished  medical  men  of  east- 
ern Iowa. 

Doctor  Keith  was  born  in  Clinton.  Iowa,  on  December  14,  1882,  and  is 
the  son  of  Charles  S.  and  Elizabeth  f  Guiney)  Keith,  living  at  No.  627  Fourth 
avenue.  Clinton.  He  was  educated  in  the  Clinton  high  school  and  grew  to 
maturity  in  his  home  city,  spending  his  youth  in  an  uneventful  manner. 
Early  in  life  he  evinced  a  laudable  ambition  to  take  up  the  study  of  medicine 
and  he  began  bending  every  effort  in  that  direction.  He  entered  the  medical 
department  of  the  College  of  Physicians  and  Surgeons  in  the  University  of 
Illinois,  and  there  made  a  brilliant  record  for  scholarship,  being  graduated 
from  that  institution  in  1907.  He  did  hospital  \vork  in  Chicago  for  nine 
months  in  order  to  further  equip  himself  for  his  life  work.  Thus  well  pre- 
pared to  engage  in  general  practice,  he  returned  to  Clinton  county  and 
opened  an  office  at  Grand  Mound,  where  he  remained  one  year,  being  very 
successful  from  the  first  and  soon  taking  a  high  rank  among  the  medical  men 
of  this  locality.  In  1908  he  went  to  Lost  Nation,  where  he  enjoyed  a  still 
larger  patronage.  He  recently  went  to  Europe,  taking  post-graduate  work 
on  eye.  ear,  throat  and  nose  in  London,  Vienna  and  Berlin;  he  also  took  post- 
graduate work  in  New  York  and  Philadelphia,  and  he  will  no  (loul)t 
make  great  strides  as  a  surgeon  and  general  practitioner,  having  had  the 
very  best  training  which  the  world  offers  in  medical  science,  and  knowing 
his  keen  powers  of  observation  and  acute  faculties  for  assimilation,  he  will 
no  doubt  make  the  most  of  every  advantage.  On  his  return  from  Europe 
Doctor  Keith  located  in  Clinton,  where  he  is  now  engaged  in  th.e  active  practice 
of  his  profession. 


848  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

The  Doctor  has  remained  unmarried.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican, 
and  in  1910  he  was  a  candidate  for  county  coroner,  his  candidacy  being 
looked  upon  with  much  favor  by  all,  irrespective  of  party  alignment,  for  all 
recognized  his  ability  to  serve  exceptionally  well  in  this  important  office. 
He  is  a  member  of  the  Nu  Sigma  Nu  medical  fraternity,  and  fraternally  he 
belongs  to  the  Masonic  Blue  Lodge  and  Order  of  the  Eastern  Star  at  Lost 
Nation,  also  the  DeMolay  Consistory  at  Clinton. 


ALF.  E.  CORRELL. 


The  subject  of  this  sketch,  a  leading  farmer  of  Berlin  township  and  a 
representative  of  two  old  and  highly  esteemed  famihes  of  eastern  Iowa,  is  a 
native  of  Clinton  county  and  dates  his  birth  from  February  12,  1866.  His 
paternal  ancestors  were  among  the  early  settlers  of  Cumberland  county, 
Pennsylvania,  where  his  grandfather,  Jacob  Correll.  son  of  Abraham  and 
Anna  Correll,  was  born  in  the  year  181 5.  Jacob  Correll  went  to  Wayne 
county,  Ohio,  in  1836,  and  was  there  married  on  March  19.  1839,  to  Cath- 
erine Floyd,  whose  birth  occurred  in  Cumberland  county,  Pennsylvania,  Au- 
gust II,  1814.  After  living  in  Ohio  until  1854,  this  couple  moved  to  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  and  took  up  a  tract  of  government  land  in  Berlin  township, 
which  Air.  Correll'  improved  and  converted  into  a  fine  farm  and  on  which 
the  two  spent  the  remainder  of  their  lives.  Among  the  children  of  Jacob  and 
Catherine  Correll  was  a  son  Abram.  who  was  born  in  Wayne  county,  Ohio, 
July  25,  1840,  and  who  married  in  his  young  manhood  Alma  Simpson,  who 
was  born  March  10,  1841,  in  Onondaga  county.  New  York,  having  been  a 
daughter  of  John  and  Mary  (Walrod)  Simpson,  also  natives  of  the  Empire 
state.  In  the  fall  of  1847  the  Simpsons  moved  to  St.  Clair  county,  ^Michigan, 
where  they  lived  the  ensuing  three  years,  then  settled  in  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  where  they  spent  the  remainder  of  their  lives,  Mrs.  Simpson  dving  in 
1863.  her  husl)an(l  three  years  later.  Jacob  and  Mary  (Brant)  Walrod, 
parents  of  Mrs.  John  Simpson,  moved  from  Cherry  A^alley,  New  York,  to 
Onondaga  county,  that  state,  in  a  very  early  day,  being  accompanied  Iw  the 
former's  aged  mother  and  three  brothers,  and  were  among  the  early  pioneers 
of  the  locality  in  which  they  settled.  Mrs.  \\'alro(l  departed  this  life  aged 
tliirty-seven  years,  and  about  1845  James,  the  ekler  son.  moved  to  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  where  he  figured  (|uite  conspicuously  during  the  pioneer  period. 

Abram  Correll  moved  with  his  parents  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1854, 


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and  the  t\)ll()\ving  year  located  in  Berlin  township,  where  the  Simpson  family 
had  previously  settled.  The  marriage  of  Abram  Correll  and  Alma  Simpson, 
referred  to  abo\e.  was  solemnized  in  1862.  two  years  after  which  he  bought 
the  farm  of  eightv  acres  now  owned  by  his  son,  the  subject  of  this  sketch, 
and  in  duo  time  became  one  of  the  leading  agriculturists  and  representative 
citizens  of  the  township.  He  served  in  various  official  capacities,  including 
two  and  one-half  years  as  county  supervisor,  sex'eral  terms  as  township 
trustee,  and  took  an  active  part  in  pul)lic  affairs,  having  l)een  a  local  leader 
of  considerable  importance  in  the  community.  He  reared  a  famil}-  of  seven 
children,  five  of  whom  are  living,  and  ched  on  Februar}-  19,  1909,  his  faithful 
wife  and  companion  departing  this  life  on  the  29th  of  March  ensuing.  Daniel 
and  Samuel  Correll,  brothers  of  Abram,  serA-ed  with  distinction  in  the  late 
Civil  war.  and  Horace  Simpson,  a  brother  of  ]\Irs.  Correll,  was  a  soldier  also 
and  earned  an  honorable  record  for  bravery  during  the  Rebellion. 

The  early  life  of  Alf.  E.  Correll  was  about  the  same  as  that  of  the 
majority  of  lads  reared  in  the  rural  districts,  having  Ijeen  dixided  Ijetween 
labor  in  the  fields  during  the  spring  and  summer  seasons,  and  in  the  district 
schools  during  the  winter  m.gnths.  Amid  the  bracing  air  of  the  countr}'  and 
under  the  wholesome  influence  of  his  excellent  parents,  he  grew  up  with  a 
proper  appreciation  of  life  and  its  responsibilities,  and  after  the  death  of  his 
father  he  bought  two  hundred  acres  of  the  home  farm  and  applied  his  en- 
ergies to  agriculture  and  stock  raising.  Since  then  his  progress  has  l)een 
continuous  and  eminently  satisfactory  and  today  he  ranks  among  the  leading- 
farmers  of  his  township  and  county,  besides  gaining  a  wide  reputation  for 
his  success  as  a  breeder  and  raiser  of  stock,  making  high-grade  cattle  and  hogs 
his  specialties. 

]\lr.  Correll  is  a  Republican,  and  while  zealous  in  upholding  the  princi- 
ples of  his  party,  he  can  hardly  be  called  a  politician,  much  less  an  aspirant 
for  puldic  preferment.  However,  he  has  ser\-ed  his  township  one  term  as 
clerk  and  could  have  any  office  w  ithin  the  gift  of  the  people  did  he  see  fit  to 
accept  such  honors.  He  keeps  abreast  of  the  times  on  the  great  questions 
concerning  which  pul)lic  sentiment  is  dixided  and,  l)eing  a  reader  and  close 
obser\'er,  he  has  broad  and  lilieral  \'iews  of  men  and  affairs,  which  he  ex- 
presses freely  and  fearlessly  when  it  seems  necessary  to  do  so.  Fraternally, 
he  is  an  infiuential  member  of  the  Odd  Fellows  and  Pythian  orders  and  in  his 
relations  with  his  fellow-men  endeavors  to  exemplify  the  beautiful  and  sub- 
lime principles  upon  which  these  organizations  are  leased.  Personally,  he  is 
genial  and  companionable,  the  soul  of  honor  in  all  his  dealings,  and  his 
character  and  integrity  ha\e  been  above  the  breath  of  suspicion. 

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850  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

On  Janiiarv  2^,  ^^93,'  '^^'^s  solemnized  the  marriage  of  ^Ir.  Correll  and 
Fannie  Cortright,  of  Page  connty.  Iowa,  whose  parents.  Joseph  and  Eliza- 
beth Jane  (Bnrket)  Cortright.  are  among  the  well-known  and  highly  es- 
teemed members  of  the  commnnit}'  in  which  they  live.  ]\Ir.  Cortright  is  a 
native  of  Pennsylvania,  his  wife  having  been  born  and  reared  near  Dixon, 
Illinois.  The  marriage  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Correll  is  without  issue,  neverthe- 
less thev  are  greatly  interested  in  young  people,  and  have  made  themselves 
quite  popular  among  the  juveniles  of  their  neighborhood. 

^[r.  Cortright.  father  of  ]\Irs.  Correll.  served  with  great  distinction 
through  the  entire  Civil  war,  as  did  two  of  liis  brothers.  The  same  should 
be  said  of  a  brother  of  Airs.  Correll's  mother,  he  having  also  served  the  en- 
tire duration  of  the  Civil  war. 


\ATLLTAAI  AA^HITE. 


In  Lincoln  township.  Clinton  county,  are  to  be  found  many  farmers  who 
seem  to  have  a  tendency  to  specialize  along  some  line  that  strikes  their  fancy; 
whether  this  plan  is  a  wise  one  or  not  is  a  debatable  Cjuestion,  some  maintain- 
ing that  when  such  a  line  of  procedure  is  adhered  to  that  other  as  equally  im- 
portant phases  of  farm  work  are  neglected  and  loss  thereby  incurred.  One 
of  the  agriculturists  of  Lincoln  townsln'p  who  has  made  a  success  of  general 
farming,  in  developing  many  phases  of  his  vocation,  is  William  AA'hite.  He  is 
a  native  of  this  township,  having  been  l)orn  here  on  November  18,  1859,  and 
he  is  the  son  of  James  and  Keziah  (Dixon)  \\'hite ;  they  were  born  in  Derby, 
Derbyshire.  England,  and  Clearfield.  Clearfield  county.  Pennsylvania,  respect- 
ively. The  father  came  to  America  in  1844  and  located  in  Pittsburg.  Hav- 
ing' heard  of  the  new  country  onening  up  west  of  the  Alississippi  ri^'er.  in 
1852,  he  came  west  in  true  pioneer  fashion,  to  Davenport,  Iowa,  where  he 
spent  a  year.  then,  in  the  spring  of  1853.  ^''^  walked  to  Clinton  county,  moving 
to  the  place  on  which  John  Dixon  now  li\'es.  He  remained  there  one  year, 
then  lie  moved  to  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres,  which  he  had  pre- 
viously purchased,  and  which  he  broke  and  improved.  In  the  fall  of  1859 
he  began  erecting  large  and  substantial  buildings  on  his  place,  and  he  became 
one  of  the  leading  general  farmers  and  stock  raisers  of  that  community.  His 
death  occurred  on  July  13.  1900.  his  widow  having  survived  until  April  21, 
1905.     They  were  the  parents  of  seven  children,  six  of  whom  are  li\'ing. 

James  \\diite.  the  father,  worked  seven  years  on  a  farm  near  Pittsburg. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  85 1 

Pennsylvaiiia,  and  two  years  in  the  mines  there,  and  he  married  while  living 
in  Pennsylvania.  He  took  considerable  interest  in  local  political  affairs  and 
held  a  number  of  township  offices,  such  as  trustee,  school  director,  treasurer 
of  the  school  board,  etc.  He  was  instrumental  in  securing  the  separation  of 
this  township  from  Clinton. 

William  White  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  of  Lincoln  town- 
ship, and  he  was  reared  on  the  farm  which  he  worked  upon  when  a  mere  lad 
and  he  has  made  farming  his  vocation  and  has. been  very  successful.  When 
his  father  died  he  already  owned  a  half  section,  so  he  sold  the  old  place  and 
kept  the  one  he  had.  Besides  general  farming,  he  pays  particular  attention 
to  raising,  feeding  and  marketing  cattle  and  hogs,  no  small  part  of  his  income 
being  derived  from  this  source.  However,  he  is  now  living  in  practical  re- 
tirement, having  recently  purchased  a  home  in  Clinton  \vhere  he  now  resides. 
He  is  independent  in  politics.  He  has  been  a  deleg'ate  to  state  conventions 
and  has  frequently  held  local  offices.  He  belongs  to  the  Modern  Woodmen  of 
America,  and  in  religious  matters  he  is  a  Presbyterian  and  a  liberal  supporter 
of  the  local  church.  In  fact,  he  has  always  been  found  on  the  right  side  of 
all  questions. 

Mr.  White  was  married  on  Jnne  15.  1885,  to  Mina  Ayou,  a  native  of 
Lyons,  Iowa,  and  the  daughter  of  Joseph  and  Jennie  Ayou,  old  settlers,  who 
came  here  from  Canada  alwut  1855.  Mr.  Ayou  was  a  soldier  in  the  Civil  war. 
He  is  still  living  and  is  a  highly  respected  citizen  of  this  county.  To  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  White  three  children  have  been  born,  namely:  James.  Ruth,  the  wife  of 
Herbert  Paul,  and  Kittie. 


JAMES  PETERSON. 


A  well  known  business  man  in  Clinton  is  James  Peterson,  a  man  who  is 
always  readv  to  defend  the  soundness  of  his  principles  and  opinions  on  the 
questions  of  the  dav.  a  man  who  is  popular  \\ith  the  people  of  his  adopted  city, 
and  who  has  been  found  ready  at  all  times  to  encourage  and  aid  all  laudable 
measures  and  enterprises  for  the  general  good.  By  a  life  consistent  in  motive 
and  because  of  his  manv  fine  qualities,  he  has  earned  the  sincere  regard  of  all 
who  know  him. 

Mr.  Peterson  was  born  in  Denmark,  October  20,  1853,  ^"'^  '^  the  son 
of  Henrv  and  Marv  K.  Peterson,  both  also  born  in  Denmark.  The  father 
was  a  noted  landscape  gardener,  and  he  served  in  this  capacity  for  a  period 
of  fortv-one  ^'ears  for  one  minister  and  an  account  of  his  life  and  work  as  a 


852  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

gardener  has  been  written  by  the  government.  He  is  now  seventy-eight  years 
old  and  is  still  active.  His  wife  died  several  years  ago  and  their  only  child 
is  the  subject  of  this  sketch. 

James  Peterson  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  Denmark  and  when  six- 
teen years  of  age  he  came  to  America  and  located  in  Shibula.  Iowa.  After 
remaining  there  a  short  time,  he  came  to  Clinton  in  1872  and  entered  the 
lumber  establishment  of  C.  Lamb  &  Sons,  and  remained  in  their  employ  for 
a  period  of  nineteen  years,  being  still  interested  in  that  business.  He  estab- 
lished a  small  box  factory  at  the  intersection  of  Franklin  avenue  and  the 
Northwestern  tracks,  employing  fifteen  or  twenty  hands,  and  finally  it  in- 
creased in  magnitude  until  one  hundred  hands  were  employed. 

From  1892  to  1896  Mr.  Peterson  and  Mr.  Bell  formed  a  partnership  and 
in  1896  the  company  was  incorporated  with  ]\Ir.  Peterson  as  president  and 
treasurer,  Mr.  Bell  as  secretary,  and  Mr.  Matthews  as  vice-president.  The 
products  of  this  factory  went  principally  to  Iowa,  Illinois  and  Nebraska. 
They  made  all  kinds  of  wooden  boxes  and  enjoyed  a  large  and  increasing  pat- 
ronage until  they  closed  the  factory  and  quit  the  business  on  May  i,  1910. 
At  that  time  Mr.  Peterson  became  interested  in  the  Fish  Brothers  Wagon 
Works,  the  officers  of  the  same  being  George  M.  Curtis,  president;  H.  W. 
Seaman,  vice-president;  C.  B.  Mills,  treasurer;  F.  B.  \\'att,  secretary.  A 
large  business  is  carried  on  here  and  an  excellent  class  of  work  turned  out. 

Politically,  Air.  Peterson  is  a  Republican  and  he  has  long  taken  more  or 
less  interest  in  local  political  affairs.  He  very  alily  and  faithfully  discharged 
the  duties  of  mayor  of  Clinton  for  one  term.  He  entered  the  city  council  in 
1900  and  ser\-e(l  four  years  from  the  fifth  ward.  He  was  also  a  member  of 
the  school  board  for  three  successive  terms,  or  a  period  of  nine  years,  from 
1894  to  1903.  He  has  done  much  for  the  general  good  of  the  city  and  has 
always  been  found  on  the  right  side  of  all  questions  looking  to  the  betterment 
of  local  conditions.  Mr.  Peterson  belongs  to  the  Benevolent  and  Protective 
Order  of  Elks  and  the  Wapsipinicon  Club. 

Mr.  Peterson  was  married  on  December  13,  1873.  to  Catherine  M.  Smith, 
a  native  of  Denmark,  and  this  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  three  sons  and 
one  daughter,  namely:  John  C.  deceased;  Albert,  who  is  operating  a  box 
factoiy  at  Ottumwa,  Iowa;  Minnie  B.,  living  at  home;  James  C,  also  living 
at  home. 

AFr.  Peterson  has  been  successful  in  business  and  is  deserving  of  a  great 
deal  of  credit  for  what  he  has  accomplished,  considering  the  fact  that  he 
started  in  life  practically  empty  handed  and  has  not  had  the  assistance  of  any 
one.      He  was  one  of  the  organizers  of  the  .American  A\'ire  Cloth  Companv. 


CLIXTOX    COUXTV.    IOWA.  853 

and  he  served  as  its  president  for  two  years,  and  is  now  secretaiw  of  the  same. 
He  is  vice-president  of  the  Land  Timber  Company,  whose  holdings  are  in 
Oregon,  and  he  is  president  of  the  Chnton  Timber  Company,  whose  holdings 
are  in  the  state  of  \\'ashington. 


EDWARD  M.  KEHOE. 

Individual  enterprise,  which  is  so  justly  the  boast  of  the  American  peo- 
ple, is  strikingly  exhibited  in  the  career  of  the  gentleman  whose  name  fomis 
the  caption  of  this  sketch,  for  he  has  fought  his  own  way  onward  and  upward 
from  none  too  favorable  environment  to  a  i)osition  of  prominence  in  the  busi- 
ness and  social  world  of  Clinton.  Being  a  man  of  indomitable  energy  and 
unwilling  to  be  subdued  by  the  usual  re\'erses  of  life,  he  has  removed  one  by 
one  the  obstacles  in  his  pathway  and  is  eminently  deserving  of  the  success  he 
has  achieved  and  the  popularity  which  is  today  his. 

Air.  Kehoe  is  a  nati^•e  of  the  city  of  Clinton,  having  been  born  here  on 
September  2,  1870,  and  he  is  the  son  of  an  excellent  family,  Thomas  and 
Margaret  (Foley)  Kehoe.  The  father  was  born  in  1820  in  Ireland  and  there 
grew  to  maturity  and  was  educated.  He  emigrated  to  America  in  1855  and 
settled  at  Alexander,  Virginia,  where  he  conducted  a  mercantile  business  and 
became  an  influential  citizen.  He  desired  to  cast  his  lot  in  a  new  and  more 
enterprising  country,  and  accordingly  came  \\'est  in  18^)0  and  located  at  Clin- 
ton, Iowa.  He  worked  as  a  foreman  in  a  grain  elexator  for  some  time  and 
afterwards  owned  and  operated  a  stone  quarr\-  in  Lyons.  He  became  well 
established  here  and  he  lived  to  an  achanced  age,  dying  in  1903.  He  was  a 
member  of  the  Catholic  church  and  very  faithful  in  his  allegiance  to  the  same. 
while,  politically,  he  was  a  Democrat.  He  was  a  man  of  intelligence,  broad- 
minded  and  of  high  character,  and  was  held  in  high  esteem  for  his  clean  prin- 
ciples and  his  generous  impulses.  Before  leaving  Ireland  he  was  married  to 
IMargaret  Foley,  who  was  born  in  1823.  and  she  proved  to  be  a  most  faithful 
helpmeet,  and  was  a  good  woman,  kind  and  gentle  to  all.  Her  death  oc- 
curred in  IQ05.  This  union  resulted  in  the  1)irth  of  seven  children,  three  of 
whom  are  living,  namely:  John,  of  Omaha,  Nebraska;  ]\Iary  E.,  wife  of  E. 
Keating,  of  Clinton:  Edward  'SI.,  of  this  review. 

The  subject  received  a  good  common  school  education  and  during  his 
earlv  life  worked  on  the  river  and  in  a  stone  quarry.  He  was  always  a  hard 
worker,  and  bv  economv  saxed  his  money  until  he  had  a  start.      In   1903  he 


854  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

piircliased  the  Hotel  Columbia  in  Clinton,  a  popular  and  well  managed  house, 
which  is  neatly  kept  and  whose  service  is  the  best.  It  has  thirty  rooms,  well 
furnished,  and  guests  here  receive  the  utmost  consideration,  everything  being 
done  for  their  comfort  and  convenience,  consequently  the  house  is  well  known 
and  popular  with  the  traveling  public,  Mr.  Kehoe  being  a  genial,  obliging  and 
generous  host  who  understands  well  every  detail  of  managing  a  modern  hotel. 
In  1905  he  started  the  Brunswick  billiard  parlor  and  cigar  store,  which  has 
proven  to  be  a  very  popular  gathering  place  for  the  young  men  about  town 
and  is  very  extensi\-ely  patronized,  as  is  also  the  Brunswick  Mission  billiard 
parlor  and  cigar  store,  which  he  opened  in  1910,  in  Fulton,  Illinois. 

Mr.  Kehoe  is  known  to  the  local  sporting  world,  being  vice-president  of 
the  local  club  of  the  Central  Base  Ball  Association  which  he  manages  in  a 
verv  able  and  worthy  manner,  and  he  assisted  in  the  organization  of  the  North- 
ern Association  in  1909,  of  which  he  was  elected  vice-president  in  1910.  He 
is  independent  in  politics,  preferring  to  vote  for  the  best  man  rather  than  the 
party.  He  was  reared  in  the  Catholic  faith,  from  which  he  has  never  de- 
parted. Fraternally  he  belongs  to  the  Kniglits  of  Columlius  and  the  Fraternal 
Order  of  Eagles.  Mr.  Kehoe  will  open  a  new  hotel  in  Clinton  May  i,  191 1, 
to  be  known  as  The  Kehoe,  a  European  hotel,  Avith  hot  and  cold  Water  in 
fifty-one  rooms,  being  located  at  Seventh  avenue  and  Second  street.  It  will 
have  a  restaurant  and  cafe  in  connection,  also  pool  and  l^illiard  room  and  cigar 
stand. 


WILLIAM  DURFEE  EATON. 

Fossil )ly  no  man  has  l)een  more  closely  identified  with  the  interests  of 
Lyons  during  the  past  fifty  years  than  ^^'illiam  D.  Eaton,  who  has  during  that 
time  l^een  connected  with  newspaper  work  there,  forty-nine  years  as  proprietor 
aufl  part  jiroprietor  of  the  Mirror,  a  record  seldom  equalled  in  length  of  serv- 
ice in  a  similar  capacity.  Throughout  this  time  he  has  watched  the  changing 
fortunes  of  his  city,  has  stood  unswervingly  for  what  he  believed  to  be  her 
best  interests,  and  has  always  been  independent  in  his  views  and  actions, 
truckling  to  no  man.  Init  following  his  best  judgment. 

William  Durfee  Eaton  was  born  March  i,  1(834,  at  Colt's  Station,  Erie 
county,  Pennsylvania,  the  son  of  Ebenezer  ancl  Eunice  fShattuck)  Eaton. 
His  father  was  the  son  of  Ebenezer  Eaton,  of  English  ancestry,  and  was  born 
in  New  Hampshire,  in  March.  1800.  A\'hen  he  Avas  Init  three  weeks  old  his 
mother  and  father  died  and  he  was  adopted  by  ]\lr.  and  Mrs.  Addison,  who 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  855 

had  jnst  lost  their  first  born,  and  with  them  he  remained  nntil  his  marriage. 
He  first  attended  school  in  New  Hampshire,  later  in  New  York,  the  Addisons 
moving  to  Cattarangus  county,  New  York,  later  to  Jamestown,  then  in  i'8i2 
to  Colt's  Station,  Pennsylvania,  within  ten  miles  of  Lake  Erie. 

Ebenezer  Eaton  was  married  at  Colt's  Station  to  Eunice  Shattuck,  daugh- 
ter of  Sewell  Shattuck,  of  Scotch  descent.  She  was  born  in  Vermont  in  1807. 
Their  married  life  was  spent  near  Colt's  Station  with  the  exception  of  two  or 
three  years  spent  in  Iowa,  to  which  state  they  removed  in  1868,  but  later  re- 
turned to  Pennsylvania,  where  Mrs.  Eaton  died  in  1872,  and  Mr.  Eaton  in 
1874.  Mr.  Eaton  was  by  occupation  a  farmer,  living  seven  miles  from  the 
village,  and  was  a  man  of  such  a  nature  that  he  was  greatly  respected  by  those 
who  knew  him.  In  politics  he  was  earlier  a  Whig,  and  later  a  Republican. 
His  wife  and  her  parents  were  Methodists. 

]\Ir.  and  Mrs.  Ebenezer  Eaton  were  the  parents  of  eleven  children,  two 
of  whom  died  in  infancy.  Those  growing  to  maturity  were :  Elizabeth,  who 
married  Luther  Jones,  of  Erie  county,  Pennsylvania,  and  died  in  1851 ; 
Clarinda,  w'ho  married  Rev.  Lester  Perkins,  and  lives  in  Des  Moines,  her  hus- 
band dying  in  February.  1911  ;  Maria,  now  Mrs.  Conrad  Ewer,  and  living 
in  Corry,  Pennsylvania;  Charles  A.,  of  Erie  county,  Pennsylvania;  W.  D. ; 
Julia,  widow  of  Ambrose  Powers,  living  at  Afton,  Iowa;  W'ilber,  of  Des 
Moines ;  Matilda,  married  to  Edward  A.  Nattinger  at  Lyons,  Io\va,  died  at 
Ottawa,  Illinois,  in  1907;  Perham  S.,  of  Lyons,  with  his  brother,  W.  D.,  in 
the  Mirror  office. 

\\'.  D.  Eaton  attended  the  common  schools  until  sixteen,  and  then  entered 
the  office  of  the  Erie  Chronicle  as  apprentice.  Three  vears  later  he  went  to 
Cleveland,  Ohio,  and  worked  at  his  trade  there  three  and  one-half  vears.  In 
t^e  fall  of  18-6  he  came  to  W'elister  Citv.  Iowa,  remained  (hiring  the  winter, 
then  in  the  spring  of  1857  went  to  Kossuth  county,  and  pre-empted  a  quarter 
section  of  public  land,  remaining  there  three  years.  In  the  spring  of  i860 
Mr.  Eaton  went  into  a  printing  office  in  Des  Moines,  in  ]\Iarch  of  the  same 
year  came  to  Lyons,  Avorked  a  year  and  a  half  in  the  Advocate  ofifice,  then 
entered  into  partnership  witli  T.  R.  Beers  in  the  Lyons  Mirror.  This  partner- 
ship continued  twenty-six  years  until  ]\Ir.  Beers'  death  in  1888,  and  since  Mr. 
Eaton  has  been  in  charge  of  the  paper  and  is  now  sole  proprietor.  This 
paper,  which  had  been  a  Prohibition  paper  under  a  former  editor,  was  changed 
by  Mr.  Eaton  to  a  license  paper.  It  is  now^  a  regular  Republican  weekly 
paper,  has  a  wide  circulation  in  the  county,  and  has  a  reputation  for  voicing 
the  beliefs  of  its  editor  without  fear  of  risking  the  displeasure  of  any  one. 
People  speak  of  the  Mirror  as  clean  and  straight  throughout. 


856  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

A\'.  D.  Eaton  was  married  in  Kossuth  county,  Iowa,  December  21,  1857, 
to  X.  H.  Kellogg,  born  December  21,  1840,  the  daughter  of  Henry  and 
Nancy  L.  Kellogg,  who  were  originally  of  New  York,  but  came  from  Ohio  to 
Iowa.  Tvlr.  Kellogg  was  a  man  of  versatile  genius,  was  at  one  time  a  Univers- 
alist  preacher,  and  at  one  period  a  druggist.  His  family  consisted  of  three 
children,  his  two  sons,  Elijah,  and  Dr.  Charles  F.,  of  Clinton,  both  serving 
in  the  Union  army.  To  ]\Ir.  and  Mrs.  Eaton  were  born  three  children.  Enell, 
born  in  Kossuth  county  in  1858,  died  in  Lyons  in  the  spring  of  1861  ;  May, 
who  was  born  in  Lyons  in  i860,  is  now  engaged  at  Stanley  Hall  Girls'  School 
of  Minneapolis;  ^^"illiam  L.,  who  was  born  in  i''866,  died  in  1880.  Mrs. 
Eaton,  who  was  a  member  of  the  Congregational  church,  died  in  1869. 

Mr.  Eaton  was  married  a  second  time  in  May,  1873,  to  Mrs.  Mary  E. 
Buell.  who  was  born  in  Lyons  February  15,  1842,  the  daughter  of  Elijah  and 
Mary  L.  Buell,  her  father  being  the  first  settler  of  Clinton  county.  (See 
mention  of  him  elsewhere  in  this  work.)  One  child,  Edith,  born  in  1874,  now 
employed  on  the  regular  force  of  the  census  department  in  Washington.  D. 
C  where  she  has  been  ten  years,  was  the  result  of  this  union.  l\Irs.  Eaton  is 
a  member  of  the  Congregational  church. 

Mr.  Eaton  is  a  Republican  in  politics,  and  in  his  paper  upholds  strongly 
the  policies  of  the  party,  and  has  not  left  the  older  doctrines  to  become  an 
insurgent.  For  forty-nine  years,  since  October  i,  1861,  he  has  been  in  the 
Mirror  ofiice  and  has  done  much  work  there  and  does  yet,  being  vigorous  and 
hale.  x\lways  independent  in  thought  and  action,  he  has  made  some  enemies, 
as  such  men  will  and  as  every  man  does  who  stands  for  something,  but  he  has 
as  well  many  friends,  and  even  his  enemies  testify  to  his  honesty  and  straight- 
forwardness. 


MATHIAS  T.  GOHLMANN. 

In  the  history  of  Clinton  county,  the  names  of  certain  families  ap- 
pear prominently  among  the  early  settlers,  and  no  family  is  better  known 
among  the  agricultural  settlers  than  the  Gohlmanns.  They  have  for  three 
and  four  generations  been  identified  with  the  interests  of  the  county,  and 
during  that  time  have  taken  part  in  whatever  promised  to  aid  the  develop- 
ment of  the  community,  and  have  had  much  to  do  witli  the  establishment 
and  maintenance  of  order  and  good  government.  Certainlv  it  is  a  heritage 
of  which  to  be  proud  to  l)e  descended  from  such  a  family. 

]\Iathias  T.  Gohlmann  was  born  in  Waterford  township,  Clinton  countv. 
Iowa,  on  June  18,  1858.  the  son  of  J.  G.  and  Catherine  (MuUerstedt)   Gohl- 


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mann,  both  natives  of  Germany,  who  in  1852  came  to  Scott  county.  Iowa, 
and  after  a  short  stav  there  came  to  W'aterford  townshi]).  Chnton  county, 
and  located  on  a  farm  of  three  hnnch-ed  and  sixty  acres.  To  this  farm  J.  G. 
Gohhnann  later  added  forty  acres,  and  in  the  sixties  purchased  the  farm 
of  one  hun(h-ed  and  sixtv  acres  on  which  his  son  Mathias  now  Hves.  He  (hed 
near  Charlotte.  Iowa,  on  August  5.  1900.  aged  seventy-two;  his  wife  fol- 
lowed him  on  March  11.  1903.  Of  their  seven  children,  four  are  living.  In 
politics  Mr.  Gohlmann  was  a  Democrat,  and  lie  and  his  family  were  mem- 
bers of  the  Lutheran  church. 

The  paternal  grandfather  of  Mathias  Gohlmann  was  Christopher  Gohl- 
mann. who  came  from  Germany  to  Clinton  county  in  1860.  and  bougi^t  one 
hundred  and  sixtv  acres  of  land  for  each  of  five  children,  and  died  in  Clinton 
countv  at  the  age  of  eightyrone.  His  wife,  who  was  Christina  Holgersen, 
died  in  Germany  at  the  age  of  about  forty. 

Mathias  Gohlmann  grew  up  on  a  fariu  and  received  his  education  in  the 
common  schools.  He  lived  on  the  farm  in  \\'aterford  township  until  1883. 
^^■hen  he  remox'ed  to  the  farm  iil  Berlin  township  which  his  father  had 
bought  and  on  which  he  still  Ii\-es.  ha\'ing  added  to  it  one  hundred  and  twenty 
acres  just  across  the  road,  making  two  hundred  and  eighty  acres  in  one  bcVly. 
He  is  a  general  farmer  and  stock  raiser,  and  has  found  agriculture  \ery 
profitable.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  for  several  years  has  been  assessor 
of  his  townshi])  and  school  treasurer,  and  for  five  years  was  county  super- 
visor, all  of  which  offices  he  has  filled  to  the  satisfaction  of  the  people.  His 
family  are  meml)ers  of  the  Tu-angelical  Lutheran  church. 

Li  March.  1885,  Mr.  Gohlmann  was  married  to  Augusta  P'etersen.  who 
was  born  in  Clinton  county  on  August  3.  1863,  the  daughter  of  John  and 
Christina  (^fatthias)  Petersen,  who  came  early  to  Clinton  countv  from 
Germany.  To  this  marriage  two  children  were  horn.  Christina  and  Au- 
gusta. Mrs.  Gohlmann  died  on  May  29,  1888,  and  in  1893  ^^^'-  Gohlmann 
was  married  to  Johanna  Bertelsen,  wdio  was  born  in  Brorup.  Denmark,  on 
February  19,  1868.  the  daughter  of  John  and  Alarie  (Sailing)  Bertelsen. 
wdio  came  to  Chnton  county.  Iowa,  in  1889.  where  Air.  Bertelsen  died  in 
1897,  and  his  widow  still  resides.  Three  children  have  l)een  born  to  Mr. 
Gohlmann's  second  marri'ige.  Catharine,  Marie  and  Arnulf. 

^Mathias  T.  Gohlmann  is  one  of  the  most  progressive  citizens  of  Berlin 
township,  and  one  of  the  most  ]M-actical  farmers  in  the  county.  He  has 
made  a  wide  circle  of  acquaintances,  and  can  call  the  most  of  them  his 
friends.  Mrs.  Gohlmann's  father.  John  C.  Bertelson.  was  born  at  Hadesl'ev, 
Schleswig,  Germany,  and  her  mother  in  Lintrup,  Schleswig,  Germany. 


85S  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

FRED  BELLWOOD  SHAW. 

Fred  Belhvood  Shaw,  secretary  of  the  American  Wire  Cloth  Company  of 
CHnton.  has  shown  himself  to  be  a  man  of  excellent  judgment,  which  accounts 
for  his  uniform  success  in  factory  work,  and  he  is  evidently  the  possessor  of 
clear  ideas  in  all  business  matters.  Being'  careful  in  his  calculations,  resource- 
ful in  his  dealings  and  eminently  honorable  in  his  relations  with  others,  peo- 
ple have  always  reposed  confidence  in  his  word  and  his  integrity  has  been 
above  criticism. 

Mr.  Shaw  was  born  in  Ontario.  Canada,  March  5,  1863,  and  he  is  the 
son  of  Richard  John  and  Mary  Jane  (Belhvood)  Shaw,  both  natives  of 
Canada,  the  father  being  of  Scotch  descent  and  the  mother  of  English  an- 
cestry. Many  relatives  on  the  father's  side  have  been  officers  in  the  British 
army,  and  on  the  mother's  side  many  of  the  men  were  prominent  merchants. 
Among  the  list  of  officers  referred  to  some  of  them  have  held  ver}^  important 
posts,  includin-;'  the  noted  Mai  -Gen.  Enos  Shaw. 

Richard  J.  Shaw,  the  father,  was  a  farmer  by  occupation  and  engaged  in 
that  line  of  work  until  his  death,  about  1902,  his  widow  dying  six  months 
later.  They  were  highly  respected  people  and  spent  quiet  lives  on  their  farm, 
and  their  family  consisted  of  three  children,  two  of  whom  are  living.  The 
father  by  hard  work  and  good  management  became  very  comfortably  estab- 
lished.    He  ne\-er  sought  or  held  public  ofifice. 

Fred  B.  Shaw,  of  this  review,  grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  farm  in 
Canada  and  when  a  mere  lad  was  put  to  work  in  his  father's  fields.  He 
attended  the  common  schools  in  his  neighborhood,  and,  deciding  to  become  a 
pharmacist,  he  entered  the  Toronto  Pharmaceutical  College,  graduating  with 
the  class  of  about  1883.  Owing  to  ill  health,  he  did  not  begin  work  in  a  drug 
store,  but  went  to  California,  in  which  state  he  remained  some  time,  then  re- 
turned to  Iowa  and  started  in  at  Cedar  Rapids  with  the  T.  M.  Sinclair 
Packing  Compau}-,  remaining  with  the  same  for  a  period  of  nearly  five  years, 
giving  eminent  satisfaction  in  this  position.  On  September  i,  1907,  he 
became  connected  Avith  the  American  Wire  Cloth  Company  at  Clinton  as 
cashier,  a  position  he  held  until  elected  secretary  in  1910,  which  he  still  holds 
and  the  duties  of  which  he  discharges  in  a  very  able  and  faithful  manner. 

Politically  Mr.  Shaw  is  a  Republican,  but  he  has  never  taken  an  es- 
pecial interest  in  public  matters,  preferring  to  give  his  exclusive  attention 
to  the  business  he  had  in  hand,  and  this  is,  no  doubt,  very  largely  responsible 
for  the  eminent  success  that  has  always  crowned  his  efforts. 

^Ir.  Slnw  was  married  on  January  5,   T904,  to  Mattie  SlieW,  a  native 


CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  859 

of  Iowa  and  the  representative  of  an  excellent  family.  She  grew  to  maturity 
in  this  state  and  received  her  education  here.  Mr.  and  Airs.  Shaw  are  the 
parents  of  two  children,  Irving  B.  and  Clarence  A. 


FRED  C.  AMLKE. 


That  America  still  means  "opportunity"'  is  evidenced  in  the  case  of  Mr. 
Wilke,  still  a  voune  man,  who  came  to  this  countrv  with  no  fortune  save  his 
own  clear  brain  and  his  inheritance  of  good  German  blood  from  ancestors 
who  had  been  used  to  thrift  and  economy  in  situations  of  hardship.  With 
this  equipment  he  has,  in  a  foreign  land,  raised  himself  to  a  foremost  posi- 
tion among  the  merchants  of  his  town,  solely  by  his  own  exertions.  His 
rise  was  gradual,  but  persistent,  and  he  passed  through  many  stages  of  hard 
experience.  No  one  can  foresee  from  the  beginning  the  result  of  a  life, 
but  it  is  certainly  of  intense  interest  to  look  back  over  the  events  of  a  success- 
ful man's  life  and  trace  the  development  of  his  career,  and  the  manner  in 
which  he  overcomes  the  obstacles  which  rise  before  him. 

Fred  C.  AA^ilke  was  born  in  Germanv  March  2^,  1866,  the  son  of  Carl 
and  Johanna  (Reedell)  Wilke.  His  parents  were  born  in  Germany  and  his 
father  was  a  laborer  there.  In  1883  father  and  son  came  to  America  and 
landed  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  on  April  23d.  Here  the  father  died  in  1905  at  his 
son's  home,  aged  seventy-eight.  The  mother  died  at  sixty-seven.  They  were 
the  parents  of  six  children,  four  daughters  and  two  sons,  all  li\ing.  Carl 
Wilke  was  a  hard  working  man  and  sturdy,  honest  citizen. 

Fred  A\'ilke  was  educated  in  the  German  schools,  and  was  seventeen  when 
he  reached  this  country.  For  four  or  five  years  he  worked  in  a  saw  mill,  then 
started  teaming  and  hauling  slabs  and  trimmings  for  wood.  In  this  way  he 
accumulated  a  little  capital,  and  in  1893  ^^^  started  in  partnership  with  W. 
A.  \\'ilke  in  the  coal  and  ice  business,  continuing  until  1900,  when  he  bought 
out  his  partner  and  began  operations  alone  in  coal,  wood  and  ice,  and  is  now 
carrving  on  this  business,  at  Xo.  320  Main  street.  His  business  has  greatly 
increased  and  is  now  one  of  the  largest  in  the  city.  In  politics  he  is  a  Re- 
publican. He  is  a  member  of  the  Woodmen  of  the  World  and  the  Modern 
W^oodmen  of  America  and  of  the  Mutual  Association,  the  German  Society, 
the  Mutual  Life  Association  and  of  the  Odd  Fellows. 

Ou  November  10,  1892,  Mr.  Wilke  was  married  to  Lena  Volkman,  a 
native  of  Iowa.  To  their  union  four  children  have  been  born,  Carl,  Olga, 
Fred,  who  died  at  the  age  of  ten,  and  Bernice. 


86o  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Mr.  AA'ilke  is  a  strong  example  of  what  industry  and  intelligence  will 
accomplish  when  employed  even  in  the  commoner  walks  of  life,  for  beginning 
as  a  laborer,  he  has  won  for  himself  a  substantial  competence  and  recognition 
amone  the  established  Imsiness  men  of  his  citv. 


JOHN  LIETZ. 


The  press  is  one  of  the  most  important  and  influential  elements  in  the  life 
of  any  community.  One  of  tlie  strong  factors  in  the  deyelopment  of  fraternal 
feeling  and  good  citizenship  among  the  German-American  residents  of  Clin- 
ton county  has  been  their  representation  by  papers  of  the  highest  devotion  to 
truth  and  the  interests  of  the  people,  in  which  class  the  loica  J\ilks.c.cifini(].  the 
oldest  German  paper  in  Clinton,  stands  pre-eminent,  while  in  this  regard  it  re- 
flects the  character  of  its  publisher,  Mr.  Lietz. 

John  Lietz  was  born  in  Germany,  near  Luel:>eck,  on  November  29,  1847, 
the  son  of  Fred  and  Katharine  (Lau)  Lietz.  Fred  Lietz  was  a  cabinetmaker 
and  died  in  Germany  in  1870.  His  wife  died  there  in  1872.  They  were  both 
highly  re.^'pected  for  their  virtues.  John  Lietz  attended  the  common  and  poly- 
technic schools  in  Luebeck  and  learned  the  cabinetmaker's  trade  from  his 
father.  Seeing  better  opportunities  in  the  new  Avorld.  he  came  to  America  in 
1867  and  first  located  at  Clinton.  L)wa.  He  worked  at  his  trade  until  1878, 
most  of  the  time  remaining  in  Clinton.  l)ut  from  1872  to  1876  traveled  consid- 
er?l)ly.  l:eing  for  a  part  of  the  time  in  Chicago,  for  a  year  and  more  in  Colo- 
rado. 

In  April,  1878,  Mr.  Lietz  Ijought  an  interest  in  the  Io7i'a  J^olksrjcifiing. 
his  partner  1)eing  a  ^h\  ^XFatzen,  and  the  firm  of  Matzen  &  Lietz  conducted 
the  paper  until  1880,  when  Air.  Lietz  bought  out  his  partner's  share  and  has 
since  carried  on  the  paper  alone.  The  J^olksccifiun/  was  the  first  German  pa.- 
per  to  be  established  in  the  city,  is  a  strong  Democratic  organ,  and  has  estab- 
lished a  well  deserved  reputation  for  devotion  to  good  government  in  the  true 
interests  of  the  people. 

Mr.  Lietz  is  a  memljer  of  the  Odd  Fellows  order  and  in  political  matters 
is  a  faithful  adherent  of  the  Democratic  party.  Li  1880  he  was  married  to 
Mrs.  Helena  Kirchmann,  who  was  born  in  Germany  and  came  to  this  country 
when  young  with  her  mother.  John  Lietz  is  highly  esteemed  by  those  who 
know  him,  especially  by  those  who  are  descended  from  the  sturdy  German 
race. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  86 1 

CHRISTIAN  AXDRESEN. 

It  is  interesting  to  nc^te  the  successive  gradations  of  some  business  men, 
who,  apparently  with  much  ease,  surmount  one  obstacle  after  another  until 
they  have  won  the  goal  of  their  most  sanguine  dreams  of  youth,  while  many 
of  their  fellows,  less  able  plodders  on  the  highway  of  life,  fall  by  the  wayside, 
one  by  one,  and  give  up  the  struggle.  One  of  the  successful  business  men  of 
Clinton  who  has  let  nothing  overcome  his  ambition  and  who,  while  advancing 
his  own  interests,  has  not  lost  sight  of  his  obligations  to  his  fellow  men,  is 
Christian  Andresen,  a  nati\e  of  Schleswig,  then  a  part  of  Denmark,  Init  now  a 
pro\ince  of  Germany.  He  is  of  Danish  parentage  and  was  born  on  Decem- 
ber 28,  1850.  His  parents  were  Christian  and  Cecelia  (Christisen)  Andresen, 
both  born  in  the  locality  mentioned  above,  the  father  on  February  26,  1800, 
and  the  mother  on  October  15.  181 1.  The  elder  Andresen  was  a  blacksmith 
by  trade,  which  he  followed  successfully  in  Schleswig,  where  he  spent  his 
entire  life.  His  family  consisted  of  one  son  and  two  daughters.  Christian,  of 
this  review,  and  ]Mrs.  Anna  Jensen  (deceased)  and  Mrs.  Cecelia  Petersen, 
who  is  a  resident  of  Schleswig. 

The  subject  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  his  native  country  and  he 
learned  the  carpenter's  trade  there  and  followed  the  same  successfuhy  there 
for  many  years.  Believing  that  he  could  better  his  condition  by  coming  to  the 
United  States,  he  crossed  the  Atlantic  and  arrived  in  Clinton.  Iowa,  on  May 
'i,  1885,  having  come  directly  to  this  city.  He  first  worked  for  contractor 
Dunbar  for  some  time,  or  until  the  latter  went  out  of  business,  then  Mr. 
Andresen  worked  at  different. jobs  on  his  own  account.  In  1908  he  decided  to 
abandon  carpentering  and  building  and  enter  the  mercantile  field,  so,  in  com- 
pany with  Clans  Kruse,  his  son-in-law,  he  started  a  shoe  store,  which  has 
grown  to  large  proportions  and  they  have  been  very  successful.  They  carry 
an  excellent  and  modern  line  of  general  retail  shoes  and  do  shoe  repairing,  this 
department  being  exceptionally  well  patronized,  for  very  skilled  workman- 
ship is  turned  out.     A  sketch  of  Air.  Kruse  appears  elsewhere  in  this  volume. 

Mr.  Andresen  is  a  member  of  the  Lutheran  church  and  he  belongs  to  the 
Danish  Society  of  Clinton,  standing  well  in  each. 

The  subject  was  married  on  April  7.  1874.  to  Matilda  Thaizsin.  who 
was  born  in  Denmark  and  who  came  to  America,  locating  at  Clinton,  Iowa, 
when  young.  Two  children  have  been  born  to  them,  daughters,  both  now 
married,  namely:  Mrs.  Cecelia  Rasmussen  and  Mrs.  Patria  Kruse,  wife  of 
Clans  Kruse,  mentioned  above. 

j\Ir.  Andresen  owns  an  attracti\-e,  modern  and  comfortal)le  home  at  No. 


862  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

1 08  South  Sixth  street.  Chnton.  which  he  built  in  1888  and  has  lived  there 
ever  since.  He  is  a  staid  business  man  of  quiet  disposition,  and  he  takes  con- 
siderable interest  in  the  affairs  of  his  city  and  of  the  Danish  and  German  in- 
habitants of  the  same. 


JOSEPH  BORBECK. 


Herein  is  mentioned  one  of  Clinton's  progressive  business  men,  a  lead- 
ing lumber  dealer  of  the  city,  who  has  again  presented  to  us  the  often-seen  ex- 
ample of  a  Gennan  immigrant  who  by  his  ability  and  industry  has  attained  a 
leading  place  among  the  business  men  of  his  community.  The  lumber  busi- 
ness is  one  which  has  seiwed  many  people,  for  almost  every  phase  of  con- 
stntction  is  dependent  on  the  lumber  dealer  for  some  part  of  its  material, 
and  we  have  as  yet  not  devised  any  method  of  building  which  does  entirely 
away  with  lumber,  much  as  such  a  method  may  seem  advisable,  in  view  of  the 
present  diminishing  supply  of  the  same.  But  it  is  not  legitimate  use  so  much 
as  indiscriminate  waste  which  has  been  responsible  for  the  destruction  of  the 
forest,  and  were  we  now  able  to  command  the  losses  occasioned  by  settlers' 
clearings,  forest  fires,  and  wasteful  methods  of  cutting  trees  and  of  using 
Irmlier.  we  would  not  need  to  fear,  as  we  now  do,  the  extinction  of  our  timber 
supply. 

Joseph  Borbeck  was  born  in  Suedlohn,  Westphalia,  Germany,  October 
31,  1859.  the  son  of  Henry  and  Elizabeth  fLohberg)  Borbeck.  His  parents 
were  verv  respectable  people,  who  spent  the  days  of  their  lives  in  Germany. 
They  had  a  family  of  two  children,  of  whom  but  one  is  living. 

Joseph  Borbeck  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  and  took  private 
lessons.  As  a  youth  he  learned  the  baker's  trade.  In  1884  he  came  to 
America,  expecting  to  find  better  opportunities,  and  located  in  Lyons.  Iowa, 
engaged  in  the  lumber  busines,  learning  it  by  working  with  his  uncle,  Frank 
Lohberg,  Sr..  and  later  with  his  cousm,  Frank  Lohberg,  Jr.  In  1897  he 
boro-ht  out  his  cousin  and  went  into  partnershio  with  Mr.  Ingwersen,  form- 
irip'  the  firm  o^  Ingwersen  &  Borbeck.  He  sold  his  interest  in  this  in  1907. 
and  was  thus  engaged  in  business  bv  himself  at  No.  801  Main  street,  Lvons. 
until  August.  19 TO,  when  he  formed  a  partnership  corporation  with  Franz 
Lohberg  and  Fred  Lohberg,  son  and  grandson  of  his  former  employer. 
Thev  carry  a  line  of  building  material  of  all  kinds.  Their  business  is  ex- 
tensive and  is  in  a  very  prosperous  condition.  In  politics  he  is  independent. 
He  is  a  member  of  the  German  Catholic  church,  also  of  the  ^^^oodmen  of  the 
World  and  of  various  German  organizations. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  863 

Mr.  Borbeck  was  married  on  April  19,  1884,  to  Johanna  Temming.  a 
native  oi  Gernnn}-.  They  are  the  parents  of  ten  children:  Lizetta.  Enielia 
(deceased),  Mary,  Emma,  Frank,  Josephine  (deceased),  Henry,  Agnes, 
Joseph  (deceased)  and  Walburgis. 

Mr.  Borbeck  is  in  eveiy  way  an  estimable  citizen,  is  interested  in  all 
public  affairs,  and  is  well  known  and  liked  in  the  city.  His  efforts  have  met 
with  well  deserved  success. 


CLARENCE  A.  FAY. 


The  gentleman  w-hose  name  heads  this  review  is  one  of  the  successful 
newspaper  publishers  of  the  middle  west,  a  member  of  the  Fay  Brothers, 
Incorporated.  His  keen  business  ability  has  con.triliuted  verv  nnicli  to  the 
success  of  their  paper,  the  Clinton  Daily  Advertiser,  and  without  any  neglect 
of  his  business,  he  has  found  the  opportunity  to  so  broaden  his  life  by  travel 
that  he  may  now  be  reckoned  as  a  cosmopolitan  citizen  of  the  world, 
familiar  with  its  appearance  and  its  people  in  all  parts. 

Clarence  A.  Fay  was  born  in  De  Witt,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on  June 
18,  1859,  the  son  of  Horace  A.  and  Calista  J.  Fay.  (See  sketch  of  Louis  E. 
Fay.)  He  received  all  the  education  obtainable  in  the  De  Witt  schools,  and 
then  began  work  as  a  telegraph  operator  for  the  Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  St. 
Paul  railroad,  remained  in  their  employ  three  years,  and  then  entered  the  ser- 
vice of  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern,  remaining  with  them  three  years,  and 
serving  at  many  stations.  In  1885  he  joined  his  brother,  Louis  E.,  as  a  mem- 
ber of  the  firm  of  Fay  Brothers,  publishers  of  the  Clinton  County  Advertiser, 
and  has  since  been  a  member  of  the  firm  (later  an  incorporation),  at  present 
being  secretary  and  treasurer  of  the  company.  (For  sketch  of  the  paper  see 
press  chapter  and  sketch  of  Louis  E.  Fay.)  He  has  always  been  pre-emi- 
nently a  business  man  and  attends  to  his  own  affairs  strictly.  He  is  a  member 
of  no  lodges,  and,  though  a  Democrat,  has  not  been  strongly  active  in  politics. 
The  success  of  the  paper  in  a  financial  way  has  been  such  as  to  enable  him  very 
liberally  to  gratify  his  tastes  for  travel,  in  which  he  finds  his  pleasure  and  recre- 
ation. Mr.  Fay  began  in  his  own  continent,  has  been  all  OAcr  tlie  LTnited 
States,  through  ^Mexico,  Canada,  Alaska  and  the  West  Indies,  then  turninsf 
his  attention  to  Europe,  has  visited  nearly  every  country  of  that  continent, 
many  of  the  countries  several  times.  He  has  been  around  the  world,  in  Asia 
has  visited  India,  Burmah,  Palestine,  Arabia,  China  and  Japan,  among  other 
countries,  has  traveled  in   Egypt  and  expects  to  A'isit  South  America  next. 


864  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

During  his  travels  he  has  gained  a  vast  amount  of  knowledge,  education  and 
experience,  and  speaks  of  his  travels  very  entertainingly. 

On  June  27,  1888,  Mr.  Fay  was  married  to  Minnie  A.  Olds,  a  native  of 
Albany,  Illinois,  the  daughter  of  Walker  and  Susan  (Parks)  Olds,  born 
January  21,  1866.  Her  father,  who  was  a  merchant  at  Albany,  is  dead,  and 
her  mother  still  resides  there.  Mrs.  Fay  is  a  member  of  the  Presbyterian 
church. 

Mr.  Fay  lives  in  a  handsome  house  at  No.  337  Fourth  avenue,  Clinton. 
He  is  a  gentleman  of  a  veiy  courteous  manner,  and  shows  in  his  bearing  and 
attitude  the  careful  man  of  business  and  the  polished  citizen  of  the  world. 


FATHER  J.  A.  MURRAY. 

The  life  of  a  pastor  has  its  many  perplexing  situations  and  many  obstacles 
in  the  way.  More  than  any  other  profession,  this  requires  tact,  patience 
and  perseverance,  kindness  and  long  suffering,  and  these  often  fail  of  appar- 
ent reward.  Father  Murray  was  sent  into  Clinton,  a  young  and  inexperi- 
enced man.  under  trving  and  peculiar  conditions.  For  some  time  it  seemed 
that  his  task  would  be  fruitless,  but  his  faithful  persen-erance  was  rewarded 
and  the  parish  of  St.  Patrick's  today  stands  a  living  monument  to  a  living 
man.  the  result  of  his  labors. 

J.  A.  ]\Iurray  was  born  in  Blarney,  county  Cork,  Ireland,  on  May  18, 
1864.  His  early  education  was  recei\ed  in  the  ^•illagc  school,  his  classical 
course  was  taken  at  Mount  JMelleray,  and  his  theological  studies  were  pur- 
sued at  All  Hallows  College,  Dublin.  On  June  24,  1888,  he  took  the  vows 
and  was  ordained  as  a  priest,  and  in  September  of  the  same  year  crossed  the 
ocean  to  America,  and  arrived  at  Dubuque,  Iowa,  where  he  was  appointed 
assistant  at  the  cathedral,  and  shortly  after  was  appointed  chancellor  of  the 
diocese. 

On  the  day  after  Thanksgiving,  in  1889,  Father  Murray  came  to  Clinton, 
ha\'ing  ])een  sent  by  the  archbishop  to  organize  the  parish  of  St.  Patrick's. 
Here  he  met  with  great  opposition.  The  peoj)le  were  satisfied  to  be  a  part  of 
St.  Mary's  parish,  for  which  they  had  recently  contributed  largely  for  the 
construction  of  1)uildings,  and  could  see  no  need  for  another  parish.  Affairs 
looked  dark  indeed  for  the  success  of  the  young  man's  purpose,  but  at  last  one 
meml)er  of  the  proposed  parish  agreed  to  loan  enough  money  to  ])urchase  the 
land  for  clnn^ch  buildings,  and  after  this  start  enough  money  was  soon  pledged 


REV.  J.   A.   MURRAY 


THE  HT3^V  TfOR^ 

PUBUC  LIBUAUY 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  865 

for  the  ])uilding  of  the  first  church.  But  as  soou  as  they  were  erected  auother 
difficulty  confronted  the  young  man.  The  grounds  had  cost  eight  thousand 
dollars,  the  buildings  ten  thousand  dollars ;  the  times  were  hard,  the  con- 
gregation poor,  the  lumber  industry,  on  which  many  of  them  were  depend- 
ent, was  declining,  and  l)ut  five  hundred  dollars  had  been  collected.  Even  so, 
the  Father  collected  among  his  poor  parishioners  money  to  be  sent  to  the 
sufferers  from  the  famine  in  Russia,  they  subcjrdinating  their  own  necessities 
to  the  needs  of  others.  The  work  was  at  all  times  difficult,  but  in  ten  years  all 
debts  were  paid,  and  in  1905  the  new  St.  Patrick's  church,  a  splendid  struc- 
ture, was  built,  as  well  as  the  rectory,  at  an  entire  cost  of  forty  thousand 
dollars,  twenty-five  thousand  dollars  of  which  had  been  collected  beforehand. 

In  the  early  days  of  his  pastorate  in  Clinton,  Father  Murray  started  the 
Mercy  Hospital  and  Mt.  St.  Clare  on  two  beautiful  bluff's  in  the  city.  Both 
these  institutions,  like  St.  Patrick's  parish,  are  enjoying  the  most  flattering 
success. 

Father  Murray  has  now  been  twenty-one  years  at  the  head  of  St.  Pat- 
rick's parish,  and  during  that  time  has  made  by  the  goodness  of  his  char- 
acter manv  friends  among  all  denominations,  and  no  enemies.  The  deeds  of 
his  daily  life  speak  sufficiently  well  of  the  character  and  worth  of  the  man, 
and  on  them  let  his  earthly  reputation  rest,  while  the  Father  above  will  finally 
appraise  them  at  their  full  ^•alue. 


CLAUS  KRUSE. 


Although  starting  in  life  practically  empty  handed,  the  power  of  multi- 
plying his  possessions  with  infinite  tact  and  skill  seems  to  have  been  a  gift 
freely  granted  to  Claus  Kruse,  a  shoe  merchant  of  Clinton,  low-a,  and  he 
added  to  this  ability  abundant  energy  and  devotion  to  his  chosen  work  wdth 
the  result  that  he  has  become  very  comfortably  established  while  yet  young 
in  years. 

Mr.  Kruse  was  born  in  Germany,  on  August  26,  1878,  and  he  is  the  son 
of  George  and  Catherine  (Knutsen)  Kruse,  both  still  living.  They  came  to 
America  many  years  ago,  and  the  father  is  farming  in  Illinois,  while  the 
mother  makes  her  home  in  Clinton,  low-a. 

Claus  Kruse  came  to  Douglas  county,  Illinois,  with  his  parents  in  1883, 
when  about  five  years  old.  There  the  father  bought  a  farm,  and  in  1885  the 
family  moved  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  here  the  subject  was  educated  in  the  com- 

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866  ■  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

men  schools.  After  leaving  school  he  worked  at  the  wagonmaker's  trade 
with  the  firm  of  Fish  Brothers,  of  this  city.  Later  he  learned  the  shoemaker's 
trade  and  worked  at  the  same  for  several  years,  becoming  a  very  proficient 
workman.  In  1907  he  started  in  business  for  himself  with  a  retail  shoe  store 
and  repair  shop  at  No.  102  North  Fourth  street.  He  had  begun  to  build  up 
a  good  trade  when,  six  months  later,  his  father-in-law,  Christian  Andresen 
(whose  sketch  appears  on  another  page  of  this  work),  started  in  business  with 
him,  forming  a  partnership  and  increasing  the  stock,  the  firm  being  known  as 
the  Claus  Kruse  Company  until  January  i,  191 1,  when  Mr.  Kruse  bought  out 
Mr.  Andresen's  interest  and  has  since  conducted  the  business  alone,  and  he 
continued  to  do  a  large  and  growing  business,  enjoying  an  excellent  reputation 
throughout  the  vicinity. 

Mr.  Kruse  was  married  on  July  19,  1899,  to  Patria  Andresen,  daughter 
of  Christian  Andresen.  mentioned  above.  She  was  born  on  September  28, 
1878,  and  received  a  good  education  in  the  local  schools. 

Tv\'o  children  ha\e  been  l:orn  to  Mr.  and  ]\Irs.  Kruse.  namely:  Claudine 
and  Albert. 


FRANK  W.  ELLIS. 


Though  among  the  younger  representatives  of  the  legal  profession  at 
Clinton,  Frank  W.  Ellis  has  won  distinction  in  his  conduct  of  litigation,  and 
stands  high  in  the  estimation  of  the  members  of  the  Clinton  county  bar.  The 
son  of  one  of  the  ablest  practitioners  of  the  city,  he  inherited  much  of  his 
father's  natural  aptitude  for  the  law,  but,  realizing  that  hard  work  counts  for 
more  than  talent  in  this  profession,  he  applied  himself  steadily  to  its  study, 
and  is  very  thorough  in  his  preparation  of  legal  work. 

Frank  W.  Ellis  was  born  in  the  city  which  is  still  his  home  on  May  4, 
1865,  the  son  of  Lyman  A.  and  Mary  (Buckley)  Ellis.  His  father  was  long 
prominent  in  Clinton  county  politics  and  legal  affairs.  Frank  W.  attended 
the  schools  of  Clinton,  and  was  graduated  from  the  high  school  in  1883.  He 
afterward  attended  the  University  of  Minnesota,  and  later  read  law  with  the 
firm  of  Ellis  &  McCoy.  In  May,  1888,  he  was  admitted  to  the  bar,  and  prac- 
ticed until  1890.  He  then  removed  to  Denver,  where  he  continued  in  prac- 
tice for  four  years,  and  at  the  expiration  of  that  period  returned  to  Clinton, 
where  he  was  for  several  years  a  member  of  the  firm  of  Ellis  &  Ellis,  since 
which  time  he  has  been  a  member  of  the  prosperous  and  influential  firm  of 
Barker,  Ellis  &  McCoy,  which  firm  is  now  Ellis  &  McCoy,  Mr.  Barker  having 
been  elected  to  the  bench.     Mr.  Ellis  is  a  man  of  high  mental  endowments. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  86/ 

Ambitious  to  excel  in  the  things  that  are  worth  while,  and  of  undaunted  per- 
severance and  determination,  he  has  gained  a  recognized  place  in  his  pro- 
fession, and  has  a  bright  future. 

In  May,  1899,  Mr.  Ellis  was  married  to  Celeste  Ware,  of  Clinton,  and 
one  child.  Jane,  was  born  to  them  in  June,  1900.  In  his  fraternal  relations 
Mr.  Ellis  is  a  ]\Iason  and  a  member  of  the  Benevolent  and  Protective  Order 
of  Elks,  while  in  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  takes  active  part  in  the  party 
work,  and  served  for  some  years  as  city  attorney  of  Clinton.  During  his 
practice  he  has  laid  a  strong  foundation  in  the  principles  of  law,  and  is  usually 
able  easily  to  place  a  case  which  comes  before  him  in  its  proper  categor}-',  and 
then  by  adequate  prei)aration  he  becomes  such  a  master  of  the  (|uestions  in- 
volved that  he  is  indeed  a  formidable  opponent  to  whom  ever  he  meets  and 
rightly  deserves  the  success  which  he  has  so  often  won.  Mr.  Ellis  is  a  man 
of  much  public  spirit  and  is  ever  ready  to  lend  his  aid  and  influence  to  any 
measure  which  has  the  good  of  the  community  for  its  purpose. 


LYMAN  ANDREW  ELLIS. 

Lyman  A.  Ellis  Avas  one  of  the  distinguished  lawyers  and  statesmen  of 
Iowa.  There  Avere  few  men  in  this  community  whose  lives  are  crowned  with 
greater  honor  and  respect  than  is  generally  accorded  him.  Through  many 
years  he  was  an  important  factor  in  public  affairs,  and  will  leave  the  impress 
of  his  individuality  for  good  upon  the  commonwealth. 

The  birth  of  the  subject  occurred  on  a  farm  a  few  miles  north  of  Burling- 
ton. Vermont,  March  11,  1833.  The  family  home  was  on  the  eastern  shore 
of  Lake  Champlain  and  in  that  locality  he  attended  the  district  school  and  at 
the  age  of  eighteen  he  began  teaching.  In  this  way  he  was  enabled  to  meet 
the  expenses  of  an  academic  course  in  Bakersfield  and  Colchester  and  to  pur- 
sue a  course  of  lectures  in  a  law  school  in  Vermont,  where,  graduating,  he 
was  admitted  to  the  bar,  and  at  twenty-one  years  he  resolved  to  try  his  fortunes 
in  the  west.  After  visiting  at  various  places,  he  began  the  practice  of  law  in 
Clinton  county.  Iowa,  in  1861,  where  he  rose  almost  at  once  into  prominence 
and  steadily  maintained  a  place  in  the  foremost  ranks  of  the  profession  in  the 
state.  In  186;;  he  was  elected  district  attorney  of  the  seventh  judicial  district, 
consisting  of  Jackson,  Scott,  IMuscatine  and  Clinton  counties.  In  this  ofiice 
he  became  noted  as  a  jury  advocate  and  trial  lawyer,  and  gave  such  general 
satisfaction  that  he  was  four  times  re-elected,  holding  the  office  for  the  period 


868  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

of  sixteen  years,  and  finally  retiring  in  1880.  From  that  time  until  his  death 
he  was  engaged  in  the  general  practice  of  law  in  the  state  and  federal  courts. 
The  Iowa  Law  Reports  show  how  extensive  and  successful  had  been  his 
practice  in  the  supreme  court  of  Iowa. 

For  a  number  of  years  Mr.  Ellis  was  prominent  as  one  of  the  leaders  in 
the  Republican  party  of  Iowa.  From  the  organization  of  the  party  he  never 
faltered  in  his  allegiance  thereto,  and  his  efforts  contributed  in  no  incon- 
siderable degree  to  Republican  successes.  His  fitness  for  leadership  and 
official  honors  was  recognized  in  1893  in  his  election  to  the  office  of  senator 
from  Clinton  county,  though  it  had  previously  gone  Democratic  by  a  large 
majority.  During  the  first  term  he  became  widely  known  as  a  debator  and 
renowned  for  his  oratorical  ability,  winning  distinction  for  his  memorable 
speech  against  woman  suffrage,  a  speech  which  won  much  admiration  and 
was  commented  upon  at  length  by  the  press  of  the  entire  state.  He  was  a 
bold  and  vehement  speaker,  and  inflexil:)le  in  his  views  as  to  state  policies  or 
what  he  considered  a  wholesome,  provident  legislation ;  yet  he  never  resorted 
to  vituperation,  ridicule  or  abuse  of  his  opponents.  In  1897  he  refused  a 
renomination  as  senatorial  candidate  because  his  duties  at  Des  Moines  claimed 
so  much  time  from  his  professional  labors;  and  it  is  a  well-known  fact  that 
his  devotion  to  the  interests  of  his  clients  was  vigilant  and  untiring,  and  gen- 
erally successful.  He  was  a  determined  advocate  of  local  option  for  the  sake 
of  control  of  the  liquor  traffic  in  counties  where  prohibition  had  been  a  failure, 
and  to  his  persistency  and  leadership  the  modification  of  state-wide  prohibi- 
tion and  the  provision  for  the  manufacture  of  liquors  in  Iowa  was  largely 
due.  He  accepted  these  modifications,  whose  provisions,  though  not  entirely 
satisfactory,  were  the  best  that  could  then  be  obtained.  During  the  second 
session  of  the  twenty-sixth  General  Assembly  he  was  chairman  of  the  judiciary 
committee,  and  here  his  knowledge  of  the  law  and  general  ability  as  a  safe 
and  conservative  legislator  proved  him  to  be  a  practical  worker  as  well  as  an 
orator.  At  the  special  session  of  1897  ^^^  "^'^''^^  made  a  member  of  the  joint 
committee  for  the  annotation  and  pu1)lication  of  the  new  code,  serving'  as  its 
vice-chairman. 

He  had  a  nice  discrimination  as  to  legal  ethics,  and  he  was  so  thoroughly 
well  read  that  he  was  able  to  base  his  arguments  upon  thorough  knowledge  of 
and  familiarity  with  precedents  and  originality  in  application,  and  to  present 
a  case  upon  its  peculiar  merits,  never  failing  to  recognize  the  main  point  at 
issue,  and  never  neglecting  a  thorough  preparation.  His  pleas  were  char- 
acterized by  logical  and  lucid  analysis  as  well  as  ornament  in  metaphor  and 
illustration,  and  his  power  was  greater  before  court  or  jury  from  the  fact  that 
it  was  recognized  that  his  aim  was  to  secure  exalted  justice  and  not  to  en- 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  869 

shroud  the  cause  in  a  sentimental  garb,  or  ihusion  wliicli  would  thwart  the 
principles  of  right  and  equity  involved. 

On  the  1 2th  of  November,  1856,  Mr.  Ellis  was  united  in  marriage  to 
Mary  Buckley,  and  unto  them  were  born  six  children  :  Daniel  B.,  an  attorney 
of  Denver,  Colorado;  George  B.,  who  has  large  manufacturing  and  fruit- 
growing interests  in  southern  California;  Charles  F.,  a  business  man  of  Los 
Angeles,  California;  Frank  W.,  whose  sketch  appears  elsewhere  in  this  vol- 
ume; Gertrude  May,  wife  of  Garrett  E.  Lamb,  one  of  the  prominent  business 
men  and  financiers  of  Clinton;  and  Lvman  AL,  now  engaged  in  Ixisiness  in 
southern  California. 

Lyman  A.  Ellis  departed  tliis  life  in  Ji^^ne,  1905,  leaving  behind  him  not 
only  a  brilliant  record  as  statesman  and  lawyer,  but  also  an  enviable  reputation 
as  a  man  of  unimpeachable  character.  He  was  in  every  sense  a  broad  minded 
and  cultured  gentleman  and  while  starting  out  in  life  with  but  limited  oppor- 
tunities, he  arose  to  a  ])osition  of  prominence  second  to  none  in  the  history  of 
the  legal  profession  in  the  state  of  Iowa.  He  was  survived  by  his  wife,  who 
now  lives  in  Clinton,  Iowa. 


JUDGE  CHARLES  WARREN  CHASE. 

Of  all  the  residents  of  Clinton  since  the  foundation  of  the  town,  no  one 
has  left  behind  the  memory  of  a  stronger  and  more  lovable  character,  nor  has 
been  more  active  in  the  duties  becoming  a  man  and  a  citizen  than  was  Judge 
Chase,  and  certainly  a  history  of  Clinton  county  Avould  be  incomplete  Avhich 
should  fail  to  make  mention  of  his  life  and  achievements,  the  value  of  which 
is  apparent  to  any  one  who  reads  of  his  actions. 

Charles  Warren  Chase  was  born  December  8,  1834,  in  London,  New 
Hampshire,  the  son  of  Charles  W.  and  Lavinia  (Moore)  Chase.  When 
Charles  was  very  young  his  parents  moved  to  Meredith,  New  Hampshire,  and 
here  he  lived  on  his  father's  farm  until  he  was  sixteen,  when  he  went  to  Con- 
cord, New  Hampshire,  and  there  clerked  in  a  drug  store  for  one  year.  From 
there  he  went  to  Fitchburg,  ?\Iassachusetts,  and  for  three  years  worked  in 
James  A.  Lane's  wholesale  drug'  house  and  learned  the  business.  He  then 
spent  four  years  in  taking  a  classical  course  at  New  Hampton  Institute,  New^ 
Hampton,  New  Hampshire.  This  enabled  him  to  enter  Dartmouth  College  as 
a  sophomore,  and  he  graduated  from  this  institution  in  i860.  Now  he  entered 
the  law  office  of  Col.  T.  J.  AAHiipple  at  Laconia,  New  Hampshire,  and  after 
taking  a  three  years  course  in  two,  was  admitted  to  the  bar  in  1861. 

In  the  spring  of  1862  he  enlisted  as  a  private  in  Company  G.  Twelfth 


870  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

New  Hampshire  Volunteers.  On  the  night  of  his  enhstment  he  had  attended 
a  war  meeting,  one  of  several  which  had  been  held,  although  no  enlistments 
had  been  secured.  ]\Ir.  Chase  was  called  upon  for  a  speech  and  in  its  course 
stated  his  belief  that  the  reason  there  had  been  no  previous  enlistments  con- 
sisted in  the  fact  that  none  of  the  wealthier  men  of  the  town  had  guaranteed 
to  care  for  the  families  of  those  enlisting.  In  closing  this  his  first  public 
speech,  he  said,  "To  prove  that  I  mean  what  I  say  I  will  now  sign  my  own 
name."  As  he  did  so  several  of  the  wealthy  men  present  gave  the  guarantee 
which  he  had  suggested,  and  sixty  other  young  men  followed  Mr.  Chase's 
example  in  enlisting.  By  special  permission  of  the  governor,  the  regiment 
was  allowed  to  choose  its  own  officers,  and  the  company,  organized  in  Lake 
Village,  unanimously  chose  Mr.  Chase  as  captain,  and  presented  him  with  a 
sword.  Just  before  the  regiment  left  for  the  front  he  was  united  in  marriage 
to  Susan  M.  Cole,  of  Lake  Village,  New  Hampshire,  September  20,  1862. 

Captain  Chase  and  his  company  served  in  General  Hooker's  division,  and 
during  the  siege  of  Fredericksburg  he  was  seriously  injured,  never  fully  re- 
covering from  the  effects.  When  he  was  again  able  for  duty  he  was  made 
post  commandant  at  Jeffersonville,  Indiana,  and,  as  acting  colonel,  had  charge 
of  distributing  forces  there  and  at  Louisville.  But  his  constitution  was  under- 
mined, and  the  effects  of  remaining  on  duty  day  and  night  for  a  week  during 
Morgan's  raid  brought  on  a  serious  illness,  which  forced  him  to  resign  in 
the  summer  of  1864. 

Captain  Chase  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  in  January,  1865,  and  began  the 
practice  of  law,  in  which  he  continued  even  up  to  a  few  hours  before  his  death, 
entering  the  office  of  Myron  H.  Terrell.  He  was  exceedingly  devoted  to  his 
profession,  and  bore  the  reputation  of  being  the  hardest  working  lawyer  in 
Clinton.  He  was  more  than  ordinarily  careful  of  the  interests  of  his  clients. 
His  practice  covered  all  branches  of  the  law,  but  he  made  more  of  a  specialty 
of  municipal  and  corporation  law,  and  became  an  authority  on  such  subjects. 

Much  of  his  time  was  spent  in  the  service  of  his  city  and  county,  in  the 
advancement  of  whose  interests  he  \vas  always  deeply  interested.  For  nine 
years  he  served  as  a  member  of  the  school  board  and  introduced  many  im- 
provements in  school  affairs.  In  1870  he  was  elected  clerk  of  the  county 
court,  and  held  this  office  for  two  terms  of  two  years.  Then  he  returned  to 
the  practice  of  law,  and  was  made  city  solicitor  for  Clinton  in  1878.  In  this 
capacity  he  did  his  first  important  work  for  the  city,  in  revising  the  ordinances, 
a  work  accomplished  through  his  influence  and  efforts,  and  of  unceasing  bene- 
fit. Later  he  was  elected  county  attorney,  and  in  1880  was  made  circuit 
judge,  holding  this  office  four  years.  In  1888,  the  people  of  Clinton,  know- 
ing of  his  fitness  and  well-tried  worth,  called  him  to  the  office  of  mayor.     In 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  8/1 

this  capacity  he  succeeded  in  securing-  some  of  the  greatest  results  accomplished 
in  the  way  of  city  legislation.  In  his  administration  ordinances  were  passed 
governing  paving  conditions,  and  the  first  paving  was  laid  in  this  city.  The 
state  laws  were  revised  by  his  efforts  to  gain  better  paving  service.  The 
water  works  franchise  was  extended  and  a  settlement  effected  during  this  ad- 
ministration very  favorable  to  city  interests.  Better  water  service  was  ob- 
tained and  the  company  forced  to  make  settlement  for  rents  and  franchises 
given.  Also  during  this  term  the  great  legal  battle  over  the  sewerage  ordi- 
nances was  fought.  The  laws  affecting  this  as  thev  were  re\-ised  were  of 
Judge  Chase's  own  creation,  and  the  introduction  of  them  precipitated  one  of 
the  fiercest  legal  battles  ever  fought  in  these  courts.  All  the  best  leg'al  talent 
was  arrayed  against  the  ordinance,  l)ut  it  withstood  the  efforts  of  the  closest 
trial.  Among  other  ordinances  provided  in  his  term  was  the  one  governing 
permanent  walks.  Unflinchingly  he  performed  his  duties  of  enforcing  the 
laws,  and  showed  to  the  people  of  Clinton  that  they  could  be  enforced,  in- 
cluding the  licjuor  laws.  It  was  supposed  that  these  latter  could  not  be  en- 
forced in  Clinton  and  not  the  least  achievement  of  his  administration  was  their 
strict  application. 

For  many  years  before  his  death  he  was  recognized  as  Clinton's  leading 
laW3'-er.  From  1893  he  was  a  member  of  the  firm  of  Chase  &  Seaman.  Al- 
ways, whether  officially  connected  with' the  city  of  Clinton  or  not,  he  made  her 
adx'ancement  and  betterment  his  chief  interest.  He  gained  legal  reputation 
in  other  states  as  well  as  in  Iowa,  but  perhaps  the  greatest  tribute  to  his  char- 
acter as  a  man  is  the  fact  that  he  was  so  universally  revered  and  trusted  by  all 
the  citizens  of  Clinton,  even  the  humblest.  He  died  August  10,  1907.  Sur- 
viving him  he  left  his  wife  and  four  children.  Charles  Perr\'  Chase,  of  the 
Iowa  Engineering  Company  of  Clinton.  ]\Irs.  Catherine  Chase  Jefferson  and 
Miss  Sue  Cole  Chase,  of  Clinton,  and  ]\Irs.  \^ernie  Chase  Brown,  of  Toronto. 
Canada.       One  child,  Xora  Winifred,  died  in  infancy. 

Xo  better  tribute  to  the  memory  of  Judge  Chase  nor  more  fitting  expres- 
sion of  the  virtues  of  his  character  can  be  s-iven  than  the  following  extracts 
from  resolutions  passed  upon  the  occasion  of  his  death  bv  those  who  from  their 
long  association  with  him  Avere  best  equipped  to  know  him. 

From  the  resolutions  of  the  Bar  Association  :  ''Judge  Chase  was,  we  are 
proud  to  sav.  a  man  of  irreproachable  integrity,  of  stainless  reputation,  and 
in  his  hv  and  professional  life  the  mirror  of  honor. 

'"AMien  we  have  recorded  these  sentiments  we  lia\e  said  as  much  as 
volumes  could  speak,  and  yet  we  desire  to  express  our  further  appreciation  of 
his  abilities.  In  corporation  law.  in  proljate  law.  and  in  many  other  specialties 
and  branches  of  the  law.  he  was  a  keen,  patient,  painstaking  worker,  whose 


872  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

solution  of  a  legal  problem  was  sound  and  comprehensive.  As  a  lawyer  his 
judgment  was  reliable,  as  a  court  of  equity  his  conclusions  were  just,  and  as 
an  official  his  acts  were  satisfactory,  faithful  and  beneficial.  This  is  high 
praise,  but  deserved,  and  perhaps  sufficient,  but  yet,  again  we  linger  to  admire 
the  scope  of  his  modesty,  and  with  it  the  strength  of  his  will,  an  unition  of  two 
forces  which  hews  to  the  goal  of  success. 

"Upon  the  tablets  of  our  memories  he  has  left  many  other  evidences  of 
his  high  attainments,  cogent  among  which  were  his  unswerving  kindness  and 
consideration  for  others  at  all  times,  his  capability  to  make  and  cement  strong 
friendships,  and  that  great  capacity  to  make  himself  a  tower  of  strength 
among  his  brethren  of  the  bar  and  in  the  community  which  he  adorned." 

From  the  resolutions  of  the  directors  of  the  City  National  Bank :  "Judge 
Chase  was  a  rare  character.  Without  ostentation,  but  with  a  quiet,  pains- 
taking industry,  he  capably  and  faithfully  filled  the  many  positions  of  honor 
and  trust  that  came  to  him,  most  often  unsought.  As  an  attorney,  as  clerk 
of  the  courts,  as  a  judge  on  the  bench,  as  the  mayor  of  the  city — in  each  posi- 
tion he  made  a  record  for  ability  and  fidelity  that  was  highly  honorable. 

"As  a  soldier — captain  in  a  New  Hampshire  regiment  in  the  Civil  war — 
it  was  said  of  him  by  a  prominent  attorney  of  Nebraska,  who  was  a  private 
under  his  command,  'He  was  the  sandiest  man  that  ever  stood  on  a  battle- 
field.' Yet  no  man  e\-er  knew  from  his  lips  that  he  had  ever  stood  where 
'war's  (lire  carnage  raged.' 

"He  left  a  good  name,  which  is  worth  more  than  great  Wealth.  All  who 
knew  him  believed  in  him ;  all  trusted  him ;  best  of  all,  all  loved  him.  We, 
who  have  been  associated  with  him,  will  miss  him  and  his  counsel. 

"Though  he  has  passed  from  our  sight,  he  is  still  held  in  loving  remem- 
brance, and  the  influence  of  such  a  life  will  live  on,  a  vitalizing  force  for  the 
world's  betterment." 


NICHOLAS  FRED  WULF. 

The  subject  of  this  sketch  belongs  to  the  large  foreign  element  wliich  con- 
stitute such  an  important  part  of  Clinton  county's  populace,  and  to  which  the 
country  is  so  greatly  indebted  for  the  material  prosperity  of  recent  vears 
which  has  characterized  the  growth  and  advancement  of  this  county.  Indus- 
trious, energetic  and  intellig'ent,  he  has  borne  his  share  in  the  development  of 
the  section  of  the  country  in  which  he  lixes,  and  though  l)ut  tew  years  a  citizen 
of  the  United  States,  he  is  as  truly  American  in  his  ideas  and  tendencies  as  if 
he  had  l)een  l)orn  on  American  soil. 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  8/3 

Nicholas  Fred  Wnlf  was  born  in  Germany  January  3,  1867,  being  one 
of  seven  children  whose  parents  were  Christian  and  Marguerite  (Rehse) 
Wulf.  Christian  ^^^^lf.  a  brick  and  stone  mason  l)y  trade,  spent  his  entire 
life  in  the  fatherland  and  died  near  the  place  of  his  birth  in  the  year  1870. 
Later  his  widow  came  to  the  United  States  and  located  at  Grand  Mound. 
Iowa,  where  she  has  since  made  her  home.  Six  of  the  seven  children  of 
Christian  and  Marguerite  Wulf  are  living,  two  of  whom  are  still  in  Germany, 
the  others  residing  in  different  parts  of  the  United  States. 

Nicholas  Fred  Wulf  enjoyed  the  advantages  of  a  common  school  educa- 
tion in  his  native  land  and  while  still  a  youth  he  began  supporting  himself  as 
a  farm  laborer.  Having  heard  and  read  much  of  America  and  the  opportuni- 
ties which  it  aft'orded  young  men  to  better  their  condition,  he  bade  farewell 
to  home  and  friends  in  1885  and  in  due  time  arrived  at  his  destination  in  this 
country,  making  his  way  direct  to  Grand  Mound,  Iowa,  where  for  some  time 
he  turned  his  hands  to  any  kind  of  honest  labor  he  could  find.  After  working 
in  this  way  for  a  couple  of  years,  he  rented  land  and  gave  his  attention  to 
agriculture.  He  continued  tilling  the  soil  for  a  share  of  the  proceeds  until 
1909,  when  he  bought  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in  Berlin  town- 
ship, since  which  time  he  has  conducted  his  labors  upon  a  more  extensive  scale 
and  forged  rapidly  to  the  front  among  the  leading  agriculturists  of  his  part  of 
the  county.  In  connection  with  general  farming,  he  feeds  considerable  live 
stock  and  from  the  two  sources  is  the  recipient  of  an  income  which,  judging 
b}-  what  he  has  already  accomplished,  will  ere  long  place  him  in  easy  circum- 
stances. 

The  political  affiliations  of  Mr.  Wulf  are  with  the  Repuljlican  party  and, 
though  never  allowing  himself  to  become  excited  over  pul)lic  aft'airs,  he  aims 
to  keep  in  touch  with  his  party  and  familiar  with  the  leading  issues  of  the 
times.  He  is  an  excellent  farmer,  an  intelligent  and  enterprising  citizen  and 
in  every  relation  of  life  he  enjoys  the  confidence  of  those  with  whom  he 
mingles  and  stands  high  in  the  esteem  of  the  public.  Like  the  majority  of 
his  countrymen,  he  was  reared  a  Lutheran  and  still  holds  to  the  doctrine  of 
that  church,  being  a  zealous  worker  in  the  local  society  which  he  attends  and 
a  liberal  contributor  to  its  support. 

On  February  19,  1896,  Mr.  Wulf  and  Lena  Correll.  daughter  of  Abram 
Correll.  mentioned  elsewhere  in  these  pages,  were  united  in  the  holy  bonds  of 
matrimony,  the  union  being  blessed  with  three  children,  namely :  Glenn  Galen, 
Eula  Fern  and  Beryl  Otho. 

Thus  in  a  rather  cursor}-  manner  lias  been  set  forth  the  leading  facts  and 
characteristics  in  the  life  of. one  of  Clinton  county's  representative  farmers  and 


8/4  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA, 

intelligent  citizens.  In  the  most  liberal  meaning  of  the  term,  he  is  a  self  made 
man.  his  rise  from  the  humble  position  of  a  day  laborer  to  his  present  condition 
among  the  successful  agriculturists  of  his  township,  and  that.  too.  in  a  com- 
paratively short  time,  being  due  entirely  to  his  own  efforts. 


PAUL  D.  AND  CLAUDE  D.  HART. 

The  Hart  family  has  long  been  one  of  the  best  known  and  most  highly 
respected  in  Clinton  county  and  its  several  members  have  played  varied  and 
conspicuous  roles  in  the  drama  of  civilization  here  for  many  decades,  being 
prominent  in  business,  civic  and  social  life,  and  two  of  the  best  known  mem- 
bers of  this  house  are  Paul  D.  and  Claude  D. 

The  former  was  born  March  6.  1880.  in  the  city  of  Clinton,  and  he  is 
the  son  of  Paul  S.  and  Elizabeth  (Martin)  Hart.  The  father,  a  man  of 
many  sterling  characteristics,  was  born  near  Montreal,  Canada,  in  March, 
1832.  He  grew  up  in  his  native  land  and  was  educated,  starting  out  in  life 
for  himself  at  an  early  age  and  making  a  successful  business  man,  devoting 
the  major  part  of  his  active  life  to  the  lumber  business.  His  death  occurred 
in  1883.  having  spent  his  last  years  in  Clinton,  Iowa,  to  which  city  he  emi- 
grated in  1872  and  was  soon  well  established  here.  He  was  a  worthy  member 
of  the  Episcopal  church,  and  politically  he  was  a  Democrat.  He  married 
Elizabeth  Martin,  of  Belle  River.  Canada,  in  1861.  She  was  bom  in  1845, 
and  her  death  occurred  in  March,  1902.  To  this  union  eleven  children  were 
born. 

Paul  D.  Hart  was  reared  and  educated  in  Clinton,  receiving  an  excellent 
text-book  training,  having  applied  himself  very  carefully  to  his  studies.  For 
some  time  he  worked  at  the  cab  and  livery  business,  and  in  1899  he  and  his 
brother,  Claude  D.,  formed  a  partnership  and  started  the  firm  of  Hart  Broth- 
ers Liver}'  and  Cab  Line,  which  they  have  continued  with  signal  and  ever- 
growing success,  being  well  equipped  in  every  respect  for  the  large  business 
which  they  are  carrying  on.  They  have  a  prestige  second  to  none  in  this  line 
throughout  this  locality  and  their  firm  is  popular  with  the  traveling  and  gen- 
eral public. 

Paul  D.  Hart  is  an  Episcopalian  and  a  Democrat  in  politics.  He  was 
married  on  March  26,  1906.  to  Clarita  DeBeltrand.  who  was  born  in  Michigan 
in  September,  1889,  the  daughter  of  an  excellent  family,  and  this  union  has 
resulted  in  the  birth  of  one  child,  Jean  Daniel. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  875 

Claude  D.  Hart  was  born  February  6,  1872,  in  LaPorte,  Indiana,  and  he 
is  the  son  of  Paul  S.  and  Eli;cal)eth  (  Alartin)  Hart,  mentioned  above,  and  the 
brother  of  Paul  D.  Hart,  his  partner  in  business.  He  was  only  one  month 
old  when  his  parents  brought  him  to  Clinton.  Iowa,  and  here  he  grew  to  ma- 
turity and  was  educated,  receiving  excellent  training  in  the  local  schools. 
Being  an  ambitious  hd  and  anxious  to  start  in  the  lousiness  world  for  him- 
self, he  began  working  in  a  saw-mill  at  the  age  of  eleven  years.  When  eigh- 
teen he  began  work  as  a  passenger  brakeman,  which  he  continued  for  a  period 
of  ten  years,  being  regarded  by  the  railroad  company  as  one  of  their  most 
trusted  and  faithful  employes.  Then  he  entered  into  partnership  with  his 
brother,  Paul  D.,  as  mentioned  above,  and  has  continued  in  the  livery  and 
cab  business  to  the  present  time. 

Claude  D.  Hart  is  a  member  of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America,  and 
of  the  Episcopal  church;  politically  he  is  a  Democrat.  He  was  married  on 
November  24.  1895,  ^^  Mary  Adler,  of  Clinton,  who  was  born  on  June  2,  1872, 
her  family  being  well  known  here.     This  union  has  been  ^vithout  issue. 


PHINEAS  STEWART  TOWLE. 

That  life  is  the  most  useful  and  desirable  that  results  in  the  greatest  good 
to  the  greatest  number  and,  although  all  do  not  reach  the  heights  to  which  they 
aspire,  yet  in  some  measure  each  can  win  success  and  make  life  a  blessing  to 
his  fellowmen  ;  and  it  is  not  necessary  for  one  to  occupy  eminent  public  posi- 
tions to  do  so.  for  in  tlic  Inimbler  walks  of  life  there  remains  much  good 
to  be  accompHshed  and  many  opportunities  for  one  to  exercise  talents  and 
influence  which  will  in  some  Avay  touch  the  li\-es  of  those  with  whom  we  come 
in  contact,  making  them  better  and  brighter.  One  of  the  conspicuous  figures 
in  the  lousiness  and  social  life  of  Clinton  county  of  a  past  generation  who 
seized  every  opportunity  to  improve  not  only  his  own  condition  but  also  that 
of  his  neighbors,  thereby  making  life  more  sunny  for  himself,  his  family  and 
his  fellow  men,  was  Phineas  Stewart  Towle,  founder  and  builder  of  the  large 
and  well  known  mercantile  firm  bearing  this  name,  and  who  after  a  well-spent 
and  honorable  career,  is  now  sleeping  the  sleep  of  the  just. 

Mr.  Towle  was  born  in  Bath,  Steuben  county.  New  York,  of  a  sterling 
okl  familv  of  the  Empire  state,  on  June  8,  1836.  He  was  the  son  of  Jona- 
than, wh(^  was  the  son  of  Thomas,  Ijorn  in  1770,  in  New  Hampshire,  his  fam- 
ilv figuring  in  the  earlv  history  of  that  state.  He  was  educated  in  the  old- 
time  schools  of  his  native  community  and  grew  to  maturity  in  the  parental 


876  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

liome.  He  had  an  amljition  to  lie  a  merchant  from  early  youth  and  he  accord- 
ingly lent  every  effort  in  that  direction,  heginning  as  a  clerk  in  a  dry  goods 
store  at  Olean,  Xe\y  York.  Like  many  of  the  young  men  of  the  New  Eng- 
land states  in  the  fifties  and  sixties,  Mr.  To\yle  emigrated  to  the  West  and 
made  his  subse(juent  home  here,  locating  in  Clinton,  To\ya.  in  1866.  He  \yas 
soon  established  in  the  dry  goods  business  on  First  street  and  was  successful 
from  the  start,  gradually  building  up  a  large  and  popular  establishment  by  his 
fair,  straightfor\yard  dealing  and  his  judicial  and  careful  management,  thus 
la}ing  the  foundation  for  the  present  extensive  firm  of  Towle  &  Spreter  Com- 
pany. He  always  kept  a  clean,  carefully  selected  and  up-to-date  stock  of  goods 
and  was  obliging  and  courteous  to  the  trade,  his  customers  becoming  his 
friends  as  a  rule.  By  nature  and  by  training  he  became  one  of  the  most  suc- 
cessful merchants  of  this  part  of  the  state  and  was  universally  recognized  as 
one  of  Clinton  count}-"s  most  progressi^•e  and  representative  citizens. 

Mr.  Towle  was  married  to  Mary  Brother,  the  representative  of  an  excel- 
lent old  family  of  Bath,  Steuben  county.  New  York,  where  her  birth  occurred 
on  November  21,  1839.  They  were  married  on  December  12,  1867,  at  the  old 
home  and  this  union  proved  to  be  a  mutually  happy  and  fortunate  one.  It  was 
blessed  by  the  birth  of  three  children,  namely :  Henry  Stewart,  of  Clinton, 
Iowa:  Charles  Brother,  of  Lincoln,  Nebraska;  and  Stewart  AY  of  Clinton. 

Mr.  Towle  Avas  prominent  in  the  Masonic  fraternity  and  also  the  Ancient 
Order  of  United  Workmen,  having  attained  the  thirty-second  degree  in  the 
former  and  he  was  grand  master  of  the  state  in  the  latter.  His  influence  was 
wide  and  veiy  marked  in  these  old  and  honored  orders,  and  his  daily  life  in- 
dicated that  he  endeavored  to  live  up  to  their  sublime  precepts. 

The  death  of  this  excellent  citizen  and  valued  friend  of  a  vast  host  of 
acquaintances  occurred  on  July  18,  1898,  in  Elmira,  New  York,  while  on  a 
visit  to  that  city.  He  was  a  man  whom  to  know  was  to  respect  and  admire, 
for  he  was  an  upright,  kind-hearted  gentleman  of  fine  address,  and  his  life  is 
worthy  of  emulation. 


WILLIAM  H.   CARROLL. 

"Through  struggle  to  triumph''  seems  to  be  the  maxim  which  holds  sway 
for  the  majority  of  our  citizens,  and.  though  it  is  undoubtedly  true  that  many 
fall  exhausted  in  the  conflict,  a  few,  by  their  inherent  force  of  character  and 
strong  mentality,  rise  above  their  environment  and  all  which  seems  to  hinder 
them,  until  thcv  reach  the  i)lane  of  pfiluence  toward  which  their  faces  were  set 
through  the  long  years  of  struggle  that  must  necessarily  precede  any  accom- 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  877 

plishment  of  great  magnitude.  Such  has  been  the  history  of  \\'ilham  H.  Car- 
roll, one  of  the  most  popular  attorneys  of  Clinton  county  and  one  of  her  most 
public  spirited  and  honored  citizens. 

Mr.  Carroll  was  born  in  Scott  county,  Iowa,  April  i6,  1869.  He  is  the 
son  of  James  and  Alice  (O'Brian)  Carroll.  The  father  was  for  a  number  of 
years  a  prosperous  farmer  in  Scott  county,  where  he  was  well  known  and  in- 
fiuential.  He  is  now  living  retired  in  the  city  of  Clinton  and  is  high!}'  re- 
spected by  a  wide  circle  of  friends  and  accjuaintances.  His  wife  passed  to  her 
rest  on  October  17,  1870.  William  H.  Carroll  grew  up  on  a  farm  in  Scott 
county  and  attended  the  rural  schools,  and  he  was  graduated  from  the  Dixon 
Normal  School  in  1888,  receiving  an  excellent  education.  He  began  teaching 
in  Scott  county,  also  continued  to  teach  after  coming  to  Clinton  county,  having 
been  principal  at  Grand  Mound  for  a  period  of  one  year,  giving  the  greatest 
satisfaction  to  both  pupil  and  patron,  being  both  an  instructor  and  an  enter- 
tainer in  the  school  room.  Had  he  continued  teaching  he  would  doubtless  have 
become  long  ere  this  one  of  the  notal)le  educators  of  the  state,  1)ut  believing 
that  the  legal  field  held  especial  inducements  for  him,  he  entered  the  law  de- 
partment of  the  State  University  of  Iowa  in  1892,  where  he  made  a  splendid 
record  and  from  which  institution  he  was  graduated  in  1894.  He  soon  after- 
ward entered  the  law  office  of  his  brother,  A.  E.  Carroll,  in  Clinton,  and 
has  remained  in  the  same  office  until  the  present  time,  hi\-ing  enio\'ed  a 
very  satisfactory  practice  from  the  first  and  a  constantly  growing  clientele. 
He  has  figured  prominently  in  the  local  courts  and  is  known  to  be  a  most  care- 
ful, painstaking  and  deliberate  attorney,  always  guarded  in  his  expressions 
and  cautious  in  arriving"  at  conclusions,  persistent  and  indefatigable  in  his  re- 
search and  profoundly  versed  in  the  basic  principles  of  jurisprudence  and  well 
informed  on  the  latest  decisions  of  courts.  As  a  trial  lawyer  he  has  few 
equals  and  no  superiors,  and  he  is  always  a  very  busy  man,  his  ser\ices  being 
in  great  demand  at  all  times.  Owing  to  his  ability  and  his  interest  in  public 
matters,  he  was  soon  singled  out  for  offices  of  trust  and  for  the  past  six  years 
he  has  filled  to  his  own  credit  and  to  the  satisfaction  of  all  concerned  the  office 
of  assistant  county  attorney.  He  is  president  of  the  Da\enport  Abstract  Com- 
pany, and  he  is  a  director  in  the  Guaranty  Life  Insurance  Company  of  Daven- 
port. Fraternallv  Mr.  Carroll  belongs  to  the  Benevolent  and  Protective 
Order  of  Elks,  the  Knights  of  Columbus,  being  a  charter  member  of  the  latter 
and  is  past  grand  knight.  He  is  also  a  member  of  Sheridan  Clul>.  The 
well  known  law  firm  of  which  he  is  a  meml)er  has  offices  both  in  Clinton  and 
Davennort.  and  is  composed  of  \\'illiam  H.,  A.  E.  and  E.  J.  Carroll. 

William  H.  Carroll  was  married  on  April  19.  1899,  to  Elizabeth  V.  Streib, 
a  lady  of  culture  and  refinement,  a  resident  and  native  of  Clinton.    Six  children 


878  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

have  blessed  this  union,  named  as  follows :  Vincent,  Raymond,  Alice,  Marian, 
Elizaljeth  and  \\'.  Herl^ert.  They  are  all,  with  their  parents,  constituting  a 
mutually  happy  home  circle. 


CHARLES  F.  ALDEN. 

Charles  F.  Alden  was  born  in  Augusta,  Maine,  in  July,  1849,  ^  lineal 
descendant  of  John  Alder;.  He  grew  to  manhood  in  Maine,  and  in  1870  came 
to  Clinton,  Iowa,  and  engaged  in  th.e  dry  goods  business,  as  a  partner  in  the 
firm  of  W'hitehouse  8z  Alden,  which  continued  for  twelve  years.  They  were 
successful.  Upon  the  dissolution  of  this  firm  Air.  Alden  engaged  in  the  coal 
business.  For  some  time  he  has  held  the  responsible  position  of  vice-president 
of  the  People's  Trust  and  Savings  Bank. 

Mr.  Alden  was  married  in  1883  to  Harriet  Lamb,  the  daughter  of  Charles 
Lamb,  of  Indiana.  Fraternally  he  is  a  member  of  the  Masons,  having  taken 
the  work  of  the  Scottish  Rite  and  lower  lodges,  up  to  the  thirty-second  degree, 
and  is  one  of  the  Clinton  lodge  of  Elks.  In  politics  he  is  independent,  voting 
for  men  rnd  measures,  not  for  a  party  ticket. 


THE  CLINTON  SUGAR  REFINING  COMPANY. 

Among  the  various  manufacturing  industries  which  have  been  incident 
to  the  recent  upl)uilding  of  the  city  of  Clinton  and  which  have  brought  her 
into  wide-spread  prominence,  especially  in  industrial  circles,  the  Clinton  Sugar 
Refining  Company  stands  as  one  of  the  most  extensive  and  important,  al- 
though as  one  of  the  newest,  but  it  has  been  a  great  success  from  the  first  and 
thus  far  the  financial  wisdom  of  its  establishment  has  been  proven  and  from 
time  to  time  extensions  hive  been  pronuilgated  of  promising  character,  giving 
tangible  shape  to  a  combination  of  enterprise,  sound  business  judgment  and 
well  directed  energy.  Its  present  position  of  importance  in  the  lousiness  and 
commercial  world  has  been  attained  almost  by  one  colossal  stride. 

This  concern  was  organized  in  1906  and  has  been  in  operation  since  1907, 
employing  over  three  hundred  men,  and  it  is  a  splendid  example  of  that  rapid 
upbuilding  which  has  characterized  the  Middle  West.  The  officers  of  the 
National  Canning  Company  were  the  real  organizers,  their  purpose  being  to 
furnish  one  of  the  chief  users  of  glucose  with  the  supplies  necessary  to  their 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA,  879 

business.  With  this  object  in  view,  a  corporation  was  officered  on  June  5, 
1906,  with  a  capitalization  of  one  million  and  one  hundred  thousand  dollars, 
five  hundred  thousand  being  preferred  stock  and  six  hundred  thousand  com- 
mon stock.  The  following  officers  and  directors  were  elected  :  O.  H.  Peckham, 
of  St.  Louis,  president ;  V.  L.  Price,  of  St.  Louis,  vice-president ;  A.  J.  Walter, 
of  St.  Louis,  secretary;  F.  D.  Seward,  of  St.  Louis,  treasurer;  A.  H.  Kers- 
ting,  of  Clinton,  general  manager;  F.  E.  Peckham,  of  Clinton,  assistant  secre- 
tary-treasurer; Frank  A.  Manning,  of  Louisville,  Kentucky;  Frank  F.  Reed,  of 
Chicago,  and  A.  W.  Paris,  of  Minneapolis,  Minnesota.  All  these  names  are 
well  known  to  industrial  circles  of  the  Mississippi  valley,  and  it  is  not  strange 
that  they  should  promote  and  develop  in  a  short  time  a  great  enterprise  like 
that  in  question. 

With  this  organization  behind  the  movement,  a  tract  of  seventeen  acres 
was  purchased  below  Harrison  street,  between  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern 
tracks  and  the  ^Mississippi  river,  at  Clinton,  Iowa,  an  ideal  site  for  factory 
purposes,  and  ground  was  iM'oken  on  Juh'  25th,  following,  the  actual  construc- 
tion of  the  mammoth  plant  being  begun  soon  afterwards.  In  the  month  of 
April,  1907,  the  large  buildings  were  completed,  being  models  of  convenience, 
utility  and  stability,  modern,  sanitary,  commodious  and  in  ever)-  way  suited  to 
the  purposes  desired.  The  manufacturing  facilities  of  the  plant  correspond 
with  the  buildings,  being  equipped  with  special  machinery  of  tlie  most  up-to- 
date  patterns,  selected  and  designed  to  give  the  most  minute  accuracy  of  me- 
chanical detail,  no  expense  or  pains  being  spared  to  combine  endurance  with 
a  mechanism  that  would  bring  the  high-grade  results  demanded. 

After  the  completion  of  the  buildings  and  the  installation  of  the  machin- 
ery, operations  were  begun  at  once,  and  since  April,  1907,  the  Clinton  Sugar 
Refining  Company  has  attained  and  held  a  prominent  and  secure  place  among 
the  leading  manufacturing  industries  of  eastern  Iowa.  The  natural  location 
of  the  plant  has  given  its  owners  a  decided  advantage.  Clinton  is  the  center  of 
four  of  the  great  corn  belt  railroads,  through  which  channels  abundant  sup- 
plies are  drawn ;  these  roads  are  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern,  the  Chicago  & 
St.  Paul,  the  Chicago,  Burlington  &  Quincy,  and  the  Chicago,  Rock  Island  & 
Pacific  Railroad  Companies.  The  land  belonging  to  this  company  is  washed 
by  the  waters  of  the  great  Mississippi,  and  from  this  stream  the  entire  water 
supply  is  obtained,  about  two  and  one-half  million  gallons  daily  being  filtered 
for  use  in  the  manufacture  of  glucose;  and  additional  transportation  facilities 
are  also  furnished  by  the  river.  In  addition  to  these  natural  advantages,  the 
company,  as  already  intimated,  has  in  use  the  latest  improved  machinery,  its 
electric  power  being  generated  from  a  turbine  plant  installed  in  December, 
1909,  and  water  is  filtered  1)y  the  latest  approved  methods.     A  fire  department. 


,  88o  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

consisting  of  trained  employes,  has  been  organized  for  emergency  cases.  A 
cooper  shop  for  making  its  own  barrels  is  a  distinct  feature  of  the  plant. 

The  chief  products  of  the  Clinton  Sugar  Refining  Company  are  glucose, 
starch  and  grape  sugar ;  the  by-products  are  corn  oil,  corn  oil  cakes  and  gluten 
feed,  all  of  which  are  made  from  raw  material,  corn.  The  business  of  this 
company  is  rapidly  growing,  large  shipments  now  being  made  to  all  parts  of 
the  United  States,  and  a  very  encouraging  export  trade  has  been  begun. 

Only  two  of  the  officers  of  this  company  reside  in  Clinton,  A.  H.  Kerst- 
ing,  the  general  manager,  and  F.  E.  Peckham,  the  assistant  secretary-treasurer. 
The  main  offices  are  in  St.  Louis,  and  the  Clinton  plant  is  but  one  of  some  eigh- 
teen or  twenty  scattered  throughout  the  West. 


HANS  ANDERSON. 


Denmark  is  a  small  nation  and  has  sent  few  immigrants  to  this  country, 
but  those  whom  she  has  sent  are  of  the  mold  from  which  men  are  made.  Not 
being  large  or  powerful  enough  to  engage  in  the  struggle  for  empire  which 
is  characteristic  of  the  larger  European  nations,  this  small  one  is  not  burdened 
with  a  large  navy  and  army  and  has  correspondingly  more  time  to  devote  to 
the  peaceful  arts,  and  can  present  to  the  rest  of  the  world  a  body  of  citizens 
unexcelled  in  character  by  a  like  number  from  any  nation.  Her  school  system 
is  among  the  best  in  the  world,  and  there  is  a  smaller  per  cent  of  illiterate 
persons  among  her  inhabitants  than  among  any  other.  Perhaps  it  would  be 
well  for  some  of  the  larger  nations  to  follow  her  example  and  develop  the 
peaceful  arts  in  opposition  to  so  much  preparation  for  aggressive  warfare. 

Hans  Anderson  was  born  in  Denmark,  July  5,  1850,  son  of  Andrew  and 
Christine  Anderson,  who  were  natives  of  the  country  and  spent  their  lives 
there.  Andrew  was  a  weaver  by  trade  and  the  father  of  two  sons  and  two 
daughters.  Hans  Anderson  attended  the  common  schools  of  Denmark  and  in 
1872  came  to  this  country,  landing  at  Low  Moor  on  May  14th,  and  has  since 
made  Clinton  his  home.  He  has  always  farmed,  having  been  reared  in  Den- 
mark as  a  farmer.  In  the  spring  of  1902  he  purchased  the  farm  of  one  hun- 
dred and  forty  acres,  where  he  now  lives,  fertile  land,  which  he  has  improved 
by  erecting  excellent  buildings.  He  has  followed  general  farming  and  stock 
raising,  has  been  a  good  manager  and  has  found  his  work  pleasant. 

Mr.  Anderson  was  married  in  1872  to  Mary  Nelson,  who  has  borne  to  him 
the  following  children,  all  living :  John,  Anna,  David  and  Fred.  Mr.  Ander- 
son and  his  wife  are  Lutherans  and  his  children  have  been  reared  in  that  faith. 


CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  88 1 

He  is  a  Democrat  and,  while  not  an  aspirant  to  office,  his  neighbors  have  such 
confidence  in  liini  that  they  elected  him  township  trustee.  He  is  a  man  whose 
life  speaks  for  its  true  worth  in  his  daily  actions,  and  there  his  neighbors  find 
it  recorded  and  bear  testimon}'  to  his  nobility  and  integrity. 


OTTO  KORN. 


Realizing  the  fact  that  success  comes,  sometimes  belated,  but  eventually 
to  the  deserving.  Otto  Korn,  well  known  and  popular  baker  of  Clinton,  Iowa, 
early  in  life  began  to  shape  his  course  to  a  goal  that  would  mean  financial 
ease  in  later  life  and  the  establishment  of  an  unblemished  reputation  among 
his  fellow  men,  and  though  yet  a  young  man  he  has  made  rapid  strides  in  that 
direction. 

Mr.  Korn  was  born  in  Davenport,  low^a,  ]^Iarch  24,  1879,  and  he  is  the 
son  of  Henry  and  Elizabeth  (Allheit)  Korn,  both  natives  of  Germany,  the 
father  born  in  1838  and  the  mother  in  1840.  Henry  Korn  grew^  to  maturity 
in  the  fatherland  and  w^as  educated  there,  learning  the  baker's  trade,  which 
he  continued  to  follow  after  coming  to  America,  having  emigrated  to  Daven- 
port, Iowa,  when  a  young  man.  That  he  was  an  expert  in  his  chosen  line  is 
partly  evidenced  from  the  fact  that  during  the  Civil  war  he  w-as  a  baker  in 
the  commiss'ir}-  department  of  the  Union  armv.  After  the  close  of  the  war 
he  started  a  bakery  of  his  own  in  Davenport,  Iowa,  wdiere  he  is  still  engaged 
in  business,  his  bakeiT  being  perhaps  the  best  in  Davenport  and  which  has 
been  popular  and  well  patronized  for  upwards  of  forty  years.  His  wdfe  is 
also  still  living.  Otto  Korn,  of  this  review,  is  the  youngest  of  a  family  of 
seven  children,  named  as  follows :  William,  Charles,  Harry,  Lena,  John, 
Bertha  and  the  subject. 

The  father  and  his  five  sons  are  all  bakers  and  they  own  and  conduct 
five  prosperous  bakeries  in  their  respective  cities  and  they  are  all  very  ex- 
tensively patronized  and  are  regarded  as  the  best  in  eastern  Iowa  and  Illinois 
in  every  respect,  being  sanitary,  kept  scrupulously  clean,  equipped  with  the 
latest  and  most  approved  machinery  and  necessary  appliances,  and  a  very 
extensive  outside  trade  is  also  enjoyed  by  each.  Only  the  best  of  material 
is  used,  and  none  but  proficient  and  high  class  employes  are  to  be  found  in 
any  of  their  plants. 

Otto  Korn,  the  immediate  subject  of  this  review,  received  his  education 
in  the  schools  of  Davenport  and  from  the  time  that  he  was  a  small  boy  he 

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882  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

worked  in  his  father's  bakery,  in  fact,  grew  up  in  the  business,  and  when  yet 
a  young  man  had  mastered  its  numerous  details,  learning  the  business  "from 
the  bottom."  He  worked  at  home  with  his  father  until  1907,  when  he  moved 
to  Clinton  and  started  a  bakery  of  his  own  at  No.  230  Fifth  avenue.  It  was 
not  long  until  he  was  doing  a  big  business,  for  the  people  of  this  city  liked 
his  goods  and  his  trade  has  grown  wonderfully.  In  19 10  he  purchased  a  lot 
back  of  his  store  and  erected  a  modern,  \vell  equipped  and  model  bakery,  for 
the  old  bake-shop  could  not  handle  the  trade.  He  has  also  a  very  large  ship- 
ping business  over  Iowa  and  Illinois. 

Mr.  Korn  is  a  Mason  in  his  fraternal  relations,  being  a  member  of  the 
DeMolay  Consistory  of  Clinton.     He  also  belongs  to  the  Turner  society. 

Mr.  Korn  was  married  on  April  14,  1906,  to  Amanda  Flindt,  who  was 
born  and  reared  in  Davenport  and  attended  school  there,  being  the  daughter 
of  a  highly  respected  family  there.     This  union  has  been  without  issue. 


WILLIAM  MacQUIGG. 

In  giving  the  life  record  of  Dr.  William  MacOuigg,  whose  name  for 
many  decades  was  a  household  word  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  the  publishers 
of  this  work  believe  that  it  will  be  an  incentive  to  the  young  who  may  peruse 
it  to  lead  nobler  lives,  have  higher  ambitions  and  accomplish  more  for  their 
fellow  men,  for  his  life  was  always  led  along  a  plane  of  high  endeavor,  al- 
ways consistent  with  the  truth  in  its  higher  forms  and  ever  in  keeping  with 
honorable  principles  Besides  being  n  physician  and  surgeon  of  widespread 
reputation  and  great  skill  and  ability,  he  was  a  public  spirited  citizen  and  his 
influence  in  the  general  progress  of  this  county  was  potent  and  salutary.  He 
was  the  scion  of  ])ioneer  ancestors  of  the  most  sterling  qualities  who  did 
much  in  their  day  for  the  communities  in  which  they  lived,  and  Dr.  MacOuigg 
was  a  worthy  descendant  of  his  forbear,  thus  for  many  reasons,  not  the  least 
of  which  is  the  fact  that  he  was  one  of  the  patriotic  sons  of  the  North,  who, 
when  the  tocsin  of  war  sounded,  left  his  hearthstone  and  business  to  do  what 
he  could  in  saving  the  countr}'-  from  treason,  he  is  gladly  given  conspicuous 
representation  in  this  work. 

The  Doctor  w^as  born  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  May  14,  1831,  and 
he  was  the  son  of  James  and  Margaret  (Dunlap)  MacOuigg.  They  were  both 
born  in  Scotland,  and  in  a  very  early  day  they  left  the  land  of  thistle  and  blue- 
bell and  crossed  the  broad  Atlantic  in  an  old-fashioned  sailing-vessel,  and 
located  in  Philadelphia.     They  were  young  people  when  they  left  their  native 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  883 

heath  and  were  not  married  until  after  the\-  had  located  in  the  City  of 
Brotherly  Love.  James  MacOuigg"  was  an  architect,  which  calling  he  fol- 
lowed successfully  for  many  years,  in  fact,  devoted  the  major  part  of  his  life 
to  this  calling  and  was  a  very  skilled  workman  and  a  good  business  man.  He 
spent  his  life  in  Philadelphia  and  died  there,  giving  his  attention  exclusi\-ely 
to  his  work  and  to  his  family,  never  aspiring  to  be  a  public  man,  always  pre- 
ferring- a  quiet  retired  life.  He  was  a  man  of  upright  principles  and  enjoyed 
the  confidence  and  esteem  of  a  wide  circle  of  friends,  as  did  also  Mrs.  Mac- 
Quigg,  a  woman  of  fine  attributes.  They  were  the  parents  of  six  children, 
five  of  whom  are  living. 

Dr.  William  MacQuigg  received  a  good  common  school  education  in  his 
native  city  and  early  in  life  decided  to  take  up  the  medical  profession  and 
began  pre])arations  for  the  same,  graduating  in  i860  from  the  Cle\'eland 
(Ohio)  Medical  College,  where  he  made  an  excellent  record.  Coming  west  to 
Iowa,  then  a  frontier  state,  he  located  at  the  town  of  Camanche,  in  1852.  and 
when  he  completed  his  medical  education  he  returned  there  and  remained  until 
1866,  when  he  mo\ed  to  Lyons,  Clinton  county,  this  state,  and  remained  here 
up  to  the  time  of  his  death,  having  enjoyed  a  very  liberal  patronage  from  the 
first.  For  over  fifty  years  he  ranked  with  the  leading  ])hysicians  of  north- 
eastern Iowa,  standing  high  in  a  community  noted  for  the  high  order  of  its 
professional  talent.  He  always  kept  abreast  of  the  times  in  all  matters  per- 
taining to  his  calling,  and  was  deeply  versed  in  the  same.  Always  a  student, 
he  familiarized  himself  with  the  world's  best  literature,  and,  possessing  an 
excellent  memory,  he  was  one  of  the  county's  best  historians,  and  it  was  in- 
deed interesting  to  hear  him  recall  incidents  of  the  early  days  when  this  coun- 
try was  new,  whose  development  he  lived  to  see  and  take  a  prominent  part  in. 
He  was  the  oldest  practicing"  physician  in  Clinton  county  at  the  time  of  his 
death. 

Doctor  MacOuigg  proved  his  patriotism  in  1862  by  enlisting  in  the 
Twenty-sixth  Iowa  Volunteer  Infantry  as  surgeon  and  in  this  capacity  served 
very  creditably  for  one  year,  when  he  was  discharged  on  account  of  sickness. 
After  the  war  he  returned  to  Canianche,  and  in  1866  located  permanently  in 
Lyons,  now  a  suburb  of  Clinton.  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican,  and  a 
member  of  the  Unitarian  church.  Fraternally  the  Doctor  belonged  to  Lodge 
No.  93,  Masonic  order,  also  the  Consistoiy.  He  was  formerly  a  member  of 
the  Clinton  County  Medical  Society,  but  retired  several  years  ago. 

Doctor  MacOuigg  married,  on  February  24,  1885,  Hannah  Altman,  a 
native  of  Pennsylvania,  a  ladv  of  culture,  who  has  a  host  of  friends  here.. 


884  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

HORATIO  RUSSELL  DEXTER. 

Among  the  residents  of  Clinton  who  have  been  long  identified  with  the 
citv  and  have  watched  and  aided  in  its  development  for  many  years  is  Horatio 
Russell  Dexter,  who  since  early  youth  has  lived  in  the  city,  and  during  his 
manhood  has  been  an  active  participant  in  its  affairs,  being  now  ranked 
among  its  leading  business  men.  He  was  born  in  Oswego  county,  New  York, 
on  May  21,  1853,  the  son  of  Parker  and  Mary  Ann  (Mason)  Dexter. 

Parker  Dexter  was  born  in  181 6,  in  Oswego  county,  New  York.  He 
was  a  pattern  maker  and  millwright  by  trade,  and  a  master  of  these  occupa- 
tions, being  expert  in  both  lines.  In  1859  he  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
and  followed  his  trade  for  some  time.  Later  he  organized  a  cigar  box  fac- 
tory, for  which  there  were  then  many  facilities  in  Clinton,  on  account  of  the 
many  saw  mills  and  the  readiness  and  cheapness  \vith  which  the  culled  lum- 
ber from  the  mills,  suitable  for  this  work,  could  be  obtained.  In  this  busi- 
ness he  prospered,  but  finally  his  factory  was  destroyed  by  fire  and  he  retired 
from  active  pursuits,  and  died  in  1890.  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican,  and 
for  some  years  held  the  office  of  city  marshal,  the  duties  of  which  he  dis- 
charged in  a  manner  which  reflected  credit  upon  himself  and  satisfied  the 
citizens  of  the  city.  Parker  Dexter  was  a  man  well  known  in  the  city,  had 
many  friends,  and  wielded  considerable  influence  in  local  affairs. 

Horatio  Russell  Dexter  received  his  education  in  Clinton,  where  he  grew 
to  manhood.  He  early  began  work  in  Lamb's  sawmills  as  saw  filer,  and  later 
was  promoted  to  the  management  of  the  planing  mill  of  the  C.  Lamb  &  Sons 
Company,  thus  gaining  his  apprenticeship  in  life  in  the  same  establishment 
with  many  of  Clinton's  present  prominent  citizens.  In  1888  he  entered  the 
service  of  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  railroad  as  a  brakeman,  and  continued 
in  that  capacity  for  nearly  fifteen  years.  In  1902  he  started  in  business  at 
No.  902  South  Fourth  street,  and  has  since  prospered.  In  191 1  he  purchased 
the  three-story  building,  Xo.  920  Fourth  street,  where  he  conducts  his  cigar 
business  and  has  fitted  up  the  second  and  third  stories  for  an  up-to-date  room- 
ing house,  which  is  modern  in  e\erv  respect.  He  always  keeps  on  hand  a 
full  stock  of  fine  and  up-to-date  goods,  and  his  fixtures  are  substantial  and  of 
approved  modern  pattern,  while  his  satisfied  customers  are  at  once  his  best 
advertisement  and  the  best  evidence  of  his  success.  Fraternally  he  is  a  mem- 
ber of  the  Knights  of  Pythias,  and  in  his  daily  life  exemplified  the  teachings 
of  that  order.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  in  religious  affiliations  a 
Methodist.  For  two  years  he  was  chief  of  Clinton's  excellent  volunteer  fire 
department,  and  is  a  member  of  the  A.  H.  Smith  Hose  Team,  which  held  the 
state  championship  of  Iowa  for  two  years. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  885 

Mr.  Dexter  was  married  in  Octol;er,  igoo.  to  Lucy  Tlionias.  a  nati\-e  of 
Clinton,  who  was  born  in  1863.  Two  children  have  been  born  to  him, 
Chancy  A.,  now  in  Chicago,  and  Sarah  Allen,  in  school.  As  a  keen  business 
man,  a  social  companion  of  high  order,  and  a  citizen  who  takes  much  interest 
in  the  good  of  the  community,  Mr.  Dexter  ranks  high  among  the  residents  of 
Clinton. 


FLOYD  L.   SUNDERLIN. 

No  person  in  this  country  today  exercises  such  influence  as  is  wielded 
by  the  editor  of  a  newspaper,  therefore  it  is  of  the  utmost  importance  to  the 
welfare  of  the  countr}-  that  these  men  shall  be  men  of  intelligence  and  incor- 
ruptible honesty,  for  they  are  in  the  truest  sense  leaders  of  the  public.  Were 
all  the  newspaper  editors  men  of  the  type  of  Floyd  L.  Sunderlin,  the  interests 
of  the  public  would  be  most  zealously  guarded  and  the  leadership  would  be 
in  trusted  hands. 

Floyd  L.  Sunderlin.  the  editor  and  publisher  of  the  Delmar  Journal  and 
of  the  Maquoketa  Record,  was  born  in  Sunderlinville,  Potter  county,  Penn- 
sylvania, on  November  30,  1857,  the  son  of  Samuel  and  Laura  A.  (Barney) 
Sunderlin.  His  mother,  now  deceased,  was  a  lady  of  superior  intellect,  of 
wide  reading  and  of  excellent  literary  ability.  She  was  the  author  of  two 
volumes,  "Pencilings  from  Lnmortality"  and  the  ''Lyric  of  Life."  She  was 
the  mother  of  three  children,  a  son,  Floyd  L.,  and  two  daughters,  Mrs.  C.  B. 
Jones,  of  Ames,  Iowa,  and  Mrs.  A.  L.  Pulver,  of  Moline.  Illinois. 

Floyd  Sunderlin  came  west  with  his  parents  in  1863,  received  a  common 
school  education,  and  then  took  up  the  study  of  law  and  was  admitted  to  the 
bar  in  1879.  In  1887  he  entered  the  field  of  journalism,  for  which  he  seems 
especially  fitted,  by  establishing  the  Delmar  Journal.  Having  prospered  in 
this  venture,  he,  in  February,  1906,  purchased  the  Maquoketa  Record,  and 
now  edits  and  publishes  both  papers.  He  is  a  clear  and  forcible  writer  and 
fearlessly  advocates  the  principles  of  right  and  justice,  never  hesitating  to 
strike  wrong  a  blow.  Both  his  papers  have  a  large  and  constantly  increasing 
circulation  and  a  reputation  in  keeping  with  the  character  of  their  editor. 

In  1884  Mr.  Sunderlin  was  married  to  Stella  Barter,  of  Calamus,  Iowa. 
To  this  union  one  son  was  born,  Ray  Sunderlin,  now  of  Cripple  Creek,  Colo- 
rado. The  mother  died  in  1885.  In  1892  Mr.  Sunderlin  married  Mae 
Scott,  of  Delmar,  Iowa,  who  has  borne  him  four  children :  Howard,  Gertrude, 
Olive  and  Edith,  bright  and  interesting  young  folks.  Mr.  Sunderlin  is  an 
active  member  of  the  Masonic  lodge  at  Delmar,  has  filled  many  of  the  offices, 


886  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

and  in  his  life  exemplifies  the  noble  principles  of  the  order.  Editor  Simderlin 
is  a  man  in  whom  the  people  have  peculiar  confidence,  because  of  his  square 
and  uncompromising  stand  in  the  face  of  whatever  does  not  agree  with  his 
conceptions  of  honesty  and  equity.  Well-known  in  the  communities  in  which 
his  papers  circulate,  he  is  a  citizen  whom  they  could  ill  afford  to  lose.   . 


GEORGE  E.  WILSON. 

Among  the  honored  and  influential  citizens  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  is  George 
E.  W'ilson,  who  has  shown  what  an  earnest,  energetic  and  hardworking  man 
can  accomplish,  although  forced  to  hew  his  own  fortune  from  obstacles  that 
beset  his  way.  He  started  life  without  financial  aid  from  anybody;  has  been 
industrious,  and  has  adhered  to  those  principles  and  ideals  that  always  insure 
success,  so  that  his  twilight  years  are  being  passed  in  the  midst  of  plentv  and 
serenity. 

]\Ir.  Wilson  is  an  American  by  adoption  only,  being  by  birth  one  of  our 
esteemed  English  cousins.  He  was  born  in  England,  March  i8,  1847,  the  son 
of  George  and  Eliza  (Roberts)  Wilson.  His  mother  died  in  England,  after 
which  his  father  brought  the  family  to  the  United  States  in  the  year  1856, 
settling  near  Rockford,  Illinois,  where  he  became  well  established  and  prom- 
inent. He  was  a  man  of  sterling  characteristics  and  was  highh^  respected. 
He  met  death  in  a  railroad  accident  near  Rockford  in  1892. 

George  E.  Wilson,  the  subject  of  this  review,  was  reared  on  a  farm,  where 
he  remained  until  about  seventeen  years  of  age.  In  his  youth  he  also  worked 
in  a  reaper  factory  and  a  flour  mill,  and  later  learned  the  foundry  and  machine 
business.  He  spent  the  period  after  the  war  in  Louisiana  and  Alabama,  and 
shortly  thereafter  went  to  Beloit.  A\'isconsin,  where  he  was  with  the  ]\Ierrill 
&  Houston  Manufacturing  Company  for  two  years.  Later  he  located  in 
Sterling,  Illinois,  where  he  was  engaged  in  the  foundry  and  machine  business 
for  several  years.  In  1892  he  purchased  the  Clinton  Bridge  &  Iron  Works,  at 
Clinton,  Iowa.  This  company  is  one  of  the  leading  concerns  of  the  state  and 
is  too  well  known  to  require  lengthy  description  here.  Under  Mr.  Wilson's 
able  and  judicious  management  it  has  maintained  an  envied  position  in  the 
industrial  world.     Its  business  is  constantly  increasing. 

Mr.  Wilson  came  to  America  at  the  age  of  nine.  He  was  the  only  son  of 
a  family  of  four  children.  Of  an  ambitious  and  studious  nature,  he  has  be- 
come, by  home  study  and  actual  contact  with  the  world,  a  highly  educated  man 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  887 

in  many  branches.  Mr.  Wilson  is  an  interesting  conversationalist  on  current 
topics,  possessing"  a  broad  and  general  knowledge. 

Mr.  Wilson  was  married,  Jnne  4,  1871.  to  Hannah  Marie  Fitzmaurice, 
daughter  of  John  and  Abbie  Louise  Fitzmaurice.  Mrs.  Wilson's  parents  came 
from  the  north  of  Ireland  and  settled  near  Belvidere,  Illinois,  where  she  was 
bom.  The  union  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wilson  has  been  blessed  by  the  birth  of  five 
children,  named  as  follows:  Louise,  who  is  at  home:  George  E..  Jr.,  h^rank  E. 
J.  Fred  and  Orrin  A.  The  latter  is  Pacific  coast  agent  of  the  Clinton  Bridge 
&  Iron  Works  at  San  Francisco.  The  other  three  sons  are  connected  with  the 
Clinton  office.  The  four  sons  and  father  constitute  the  board  of  directors  of 
the  company. 

Mr.  Wilson  manifested  his  loyalty  to  his  adopted  country  during  the 
great  crisis  in  the  sixties  by  forsaking  the  pleasures  of  home  and  offering 
his  services  during  the  Civil  war  by  enlisting  in  the  Fifty-second  Illinois  Volun- 
teer Infantry,  Company  E,  about  six  months  before  Lee's  surrender,  but  owang 
to  the  fnct  that  the  war  was  drawing  to  a  close  he  was  not  permitted  to  see 
active  service.  Twice  before  this  enlistment  he  had  run  away  from  home  to 
become  a  soldier,  but  his  father  interfered  each  time,  owdng  to  his  youth.  He 
won  his  father's  consent  in  the  end. 

Mr.  Wilson  is  a  member  of  all  the  different  Masonic  bodies  of  the  York 
and  Scottish  rites.  He  has  always  taken  an  active  interest  in  the  progress  of 
Clinton  and  vicinity  and  has  ever  stood  ready  to  do  his  full  share  in  the  work 
of  upbuilding  this  locality  in  any  way.  He  has  always  manifested  an  abiding 
interest  in  county,  state  and  national  affairs,  and  is  regarded  by  all  who  know 
him  as  a  high-minded,  progressive  man.  While  living  at  Sterling  he  served 
very  acceptably  as  alderman,  during  which  time  many  of  the  public  improve- 
ments of  the  city  were  inaugurated. 

In  addition  to  his  private  interests,  he  is  president  of  the  Merchants 
National  Bank  of  Clinton,  which  institution  is  regarded  as  one  of  the  most 
popular,  safe  and  conservative  banks  in  eastern  Iowa.  Mr.  Wilson's  home  is 
at  No.  306  Sixth  avenue. 


FRED  REIMERS. 


Among  the  many  enterprising  citizens  that  the  German  empire  has  sent 
to  Clinton  county,  the  name  of  Fred  Reimers  should  be  mentioned,  for  he  has 
lived  here  for  over  a  quarter  of  a  centur\',  during  which  time  he  has  become 
well  established,  ranking  among  the  leading  farmers  of  his  community  and 
he  has  maintained  an  unassailable  reputation.     He  was  born  in  Germany  on 


888  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

April  17,  1857,  and  is  the  son  of  Clans  and  Katrina  (Aufers)  Reimers,  na- 
tives of  the  fatherland,  where  they  spent  their  lives.  The  father  was  a  laborer 
and  he  served  as  a  soldier  in  the  German  army,  according  to  the  law  and  cus- 
tom in  that  country.  He  made  a  splendid  record  as  a  soldier  in  the  war  of 
1848.  He  spent  his  life  engaged  in  whatever  honest  labor  he  could  find  for 
a  livelihood,  having  no  special  profession. 

Fred  Reimers  grew  to  maturity  in  Germany  and  received  the  usual  com- 
mon school  education.  Until  he  reached  the  age  of  twenty-five  years  he 
worked  as  a  laborer  on  various  farms  in  the  old  country.  In  1882  he  emi- 
grated to  America,  locating  in  Davenport,  Iowa,  where  he  remained  two 
months,  then  moved  to  Clinton,  this  state.  He  worked  on  a  farm  the  first 
year  after  his  arrival  here,  after  which  he  worked  in  Lamb's  saw-mill  for  three 
years.  After  that  he  began  renting  farms.  He  saved  his  earnings  and  in 
1895  he  purchased  two  hundred  and  twenty  acres  in  Lincoln  township,  which 
is  his  present  home,  and  on  which  he  has  made  many  improvements,  including 
the  erection  of  substantial  and  convenient  barns  and  other  buildings,  making 
this  one  of  the  most  desirable  farms  in  every  respect  in  the  township.  He  has 
l>een  very  successful  as  a  general  farmer  and  stock  raiser,  always  keeping  some 
good  stock.  The  German  Lutheran  church  holds  his  membership  and  he  is  a 
liberal  supporter  of  the  same. 

Mr.  Reimers  was  married  on  February  6,  1883,  to  Rebke  Solkerwig, 
who  was  born  in  Germany.  She  accompanied  her  sisters  to  this  country 
when  voung.  This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  the  following  children  : 
Annie,  Christina,  Emma  and  Wilhelmina. 

Mr.  Reimers  is  a  well  informed,  far-seeing  and  capable  man  of  affairs, 
a  verv  fair  example  of  the  first  generation  from  the  old  country,  who  by  econ- 
omy and  hard  work  develop  good  farms  and  comfortable  homes  for  their 
descendants.     He  has  always  been  a  hard  worker  and  is  never  idle. 


JOSEPH  CROSSETT  YOUNG. 

This  utilitarian  age  has  heen  especially  prolific  in  men  of  action,  clear- 
brained  men  of  high  resolves  and  nol)le  purposes  who  have  given  character 
and  stability  to  the  communities  which  ha^•e  been  honored  by  their  citizenship, 
and  whose  influence  and  leadership  have  been  easily  discernible  in  the  various 
enterprises  that  have  added  so  greatly  to  the  high  reputation  which  Clinton 
county  enjoys  among  her  sister  counties  of  this  great  commonwealth.     Con- 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  889 

spicnous  among  this  class  of  men,  whose  Hfe  work  lias  been  terminated  l)y 
the  fate  that  awaits  all  mankind,  bnt  whose  influence  will  still  continue  to 
live,  was  the  late  Joseph  Crossett  Young,  for  his  history  and  that  of  this 
locality  are  very  closely  interwoven  and  it  is  safe  to  say  that  no  man  was  more 
prominent  or  did  more  for  the  general  upbuilding  of  this  vicinity  than  he.  His 
memorv  is  honored  and  revered  by  a  host  of  citizens  who  knew  him  or  of  him 
and  his  industrious,  public-spirited  and  generous  life.  This  is  as  it  should  l)e, 
following  the  old  aphorism,  "Honor  to  whom  honor  is  due." 

Joseph  C.  Young  was  born  November  i,  18 11,  in  Onondaga  county,  New- 
York,  the  scion  of  a  sterling  old  family  of  the  Empire  state,  being  the  son  of 
Rev.  Seth  and  Elizabeth  (Crossett)  Young.  He  was  reared  on  a  farm  and 
received  such  education  as  he  could  in  the  early  schools  of  his  native  county. 
He  went  to  Detroit,  ^Michigan,  in  1838  and  l)Ought  land  near  there,  but  he  sold 
the  same  in  i'339  and  returned  to  New  York  and  there  engaged  in  the  grocery 
business  for  eight  years.  Believing  that  the  newer  country  west  of  the  ^Nlissis- 
sippi  river  held  greater  advantages  for  one  of  his  temperament,  he  came  to 
the  present  tlndving  city  of  Clinton.  Iowa,  when  there  was  nothing  but  a  corn- 
field here,  and  he  erected  a  house  where  Fourth  avenue  now  intersects  with 
Second  street  and  here  went  into  the  grocery  business.  He  \vas  successful 
from  the  first,  and  later  he  built  the  Young  block,  at  the  corner  of  Second  street 
and  Fifth  avenue.  He  saw  and  took  part  in  the  growth  of  the  town  in  all 
its  phases  and  took  a  delight  in  the  same.  Being  successful  as  a  merchant  and 
business  man,  he  acquired  a  competency,  becoming  in  due  course  of  time  one 
of  the  substantial  and  prominent  men  of  the  county,  and  he  spent  the  latter 
years  of  his  life  in  retirement. 

~\h'.  Young  was  united  in  marriage  with  Sarah  J.  Stilhvell,  August  2, 
1834,  and  this  union  was  blessed  with  the  following  children  :  Charles  M., 
Harriet.  Emerson  K.  (the  latter  a  Methodist  minister),  and  ^\'illiam  E.,  whose 
sketch  appears  on  another  page  of  this  work.  The  mother  of  these  children 
passed  to  her  rest  on  June  9,  1877,  and  Mr.  Young  was  again  married,  Decem- 
ber 6,  1884,  his  last  wife  being  Laura  F.  Berrien,  of  Clinton.  She  was  born 
in  New  York  City,  August  24,  1850,  and  came  to  this  city  when  young. 

Joseph  C.  Young  was  a  member  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church  and 
he  took  much  interest  in  religious  affairs.  The  first  Sunday  school  class  meet- 
ing here  was  held  at  his  home.  He  was  a  member  of  the  first  council  of  the 
city  of  Clinton,  and  he  was  also  mayor  of  the  city  for  two  terms.  Politically, 
he  was  a  Republican  and  was  loyal  to  its  principles. 

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890  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

in  the  fullness  of  his  years  to  the  reward  of  his  merits  on  June  i,  1906,  leaving 
behind  Iiim  the  rich  remembrance  of  a  blameless  life  to  become  the  inheritance 
of  his  children  and  his  children's  children  forever,  while  he  sleeps  the  sleep  of 
tlie  just. 


MALCHI  KANE  MADDEN. 

The  character  of  a  community  is  determined  in  a  large  measure  by  the 
lives  of  a  comparatively  few  of  its  members.  If  its  moral  and  intellectual 
status  be  good,  if  in  a  social  way  it  is  a  pleasant  place  in  which  to  reside,  if  its 
reputation  for  the  integrity  of  its  citizens  has  extended  into  other  localities, 
it  will  be  found  that  the  standards  set  In'  the  leading  men  have  been  high  and 
their  influence  such  as  to  mould  their  characters  and  shape  the  lives  of  those 
with  whom  they  mingle.  In  placing  Malchi  Kane  Madden  in  the  front  rank 
of  such  men,  justice  is  rendered  a  biographical  fact  recognized  throughout 
Clinton  county  by  those  at  all  familiar  with  his  history.  Although  a  quiet  and 
unassuming  man,  with  no  ambition  for  public  position  or  leadership,  he  has 
contributed  much  to  the  material  advancement  of  the  community,  while  his 
admirable  qualities  of  head  and  heart  and  the  straightforward,  upright  course 
of  his  daily  life  have  tended  greatly  to  the  moral  standing  of  the  circles  in 
which  he  moves  and  given  him  a  reputation  for  integrity  and  correct  conduct 
such  as  few  achieve. 

Mr.  Madden  was  born  in  Ireland,  December  7,  1844,  of  an  excellent  old 
family  of  the  Emerald  Isle,  being  the  son  of  ^Michael  and  IMary  (Kane)  Mad- 
den, also  natives  of  Ireland,  where  they  grew  to  maturity,  and  \vere  married. 
They  emigrated  to  America  in  1847  ^^^^  settled  in  Portage,  Wisconsin,  when 
the  subiect  was  three  years  old,  and  there  continued  to  reside  until  their  deaths, 
the  mother  passing  away  in  1877  and  the  father  in  1880.  They  worked  hard 
and  established  a  good  home  in  their  adopted  countiy,  and,  being  kind  and 
honest,  were  popular  and  highly  respected  among  their  neighbors. 

Malchi  K.  Madden  grew  to  maturity  at  Portage,  Wisconsin,  and  received 
a  good  education  in  the  common  schools  there,  spending  his  early  life  on  the 
farm  for  the  most  part.  He  came  to  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  in  1871  and 
entered  the  business  world  as  a  merchant  at  Lyons,  in  partnership  with  his 
brother,  and  carried  on  a  very  successful  and  ever-growdng  business  for  a 
period  of  thirty-three  years,  during  which  time  he  was  an  important  factor  in 
the  life  of  the  town  and  became  widely  known.  He  did  not  remain  long  in 
partnership  with  his  brother,  buying  his  interest  in  1875,  carrying  on  the  busi- 
ness after  that  wnth  the  assistance  of  his  wife.     He  ^vas  burned  out  in  1883, 


CLIXTOX    COUNTY^    IOWA.  89 1 

but,  nothing-  daunted,  he  started  up  again,  buying  the  building  erected  by  A.  B. 
Rodman,  in  which  he  continued  the  grocery  business  until  1904,  when  he  sold 
out  to  Fredericks  &  Quinn,  both  of  whom  had  clerked  for  him. 

On  November  i,  1874,  Mr.  Aladden  was  united  in  marriage  with  Marga- 
ret Carvel,  who  was  born  at  Providence,  Rhode  Island,  the  daughter  of  Wil- 
liam and  Mary  (Davy)  Carvel,  who  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1858  and 
settled  on  a  farm  twelve  miles  west  of  Lyons,  where  they  lived  for  many  years, 
becoming  well  established  and  were  highly  respected.  They  are  both  now 
deceased,  the  mother  dying  in  1877  ^^^*^  the  father  in  1900. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Madden  are  pleasant  people  to  know  and  it  is  a  privilege 
to  share  their  old-time  hospitality  in  their  beautiful  and  pleasant  home.  Hav- 
ing no  children  of  their  own,  they  adopted  two  children,  a  boy  and  a  girl,  the 
latter,  Winnifred  Duhrm,  being  the  eldest;  the  other,  Frank  Cook,  is  now  "m 
the  United  States  navy,  now  sending  his  twelfth  year.  The  daughter  is  mar- 
ried and  lives  in  Monmouth,  Illinois. 

Mr.  Madden  has  alwavs  been  a  veiw  industrious  and  busv  man  and,  al- 
though  a  life-long  Democrat  and  interested  more  or  less  in  party  and  public 
affairs,  has  never  been  an  aspirant  for  office  himself.  ^Irs.  Madden  leans 
strongly  towards  woman  suffrage ;  she  is  a  well  read,  refined  and  ])leasant 
lady  and  has  been  of  great  assistance  to  her  husband  in  his  life  work.  They 
are  both  devoted  members  of  the  Catholic  church  and  are  members  of  the 
Royal  Xeighbors  of  America  and  the  Mystic  Circle,  the  furmer  an  auxiliary 
of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America  and  the  latter  of  the  Woodmen  of  the 
World,  Mrs.  Madden  having  been  banker  of  the  Mystic  Circle  for  seventeen 
years,  and  she  was  also  guardian  of  the  Woodmen  of  the  World.  They  are 
both  prominent  in  local  lodge,  church  and  social  life  and  number  their  friends 
only  by  the  limits  of  their  acquaintance. 


BENJAMIN  BROXAM. 

Americans  are  not  hampered  by  the  shackles  of  class  distinction  and  it  is 
ever\^  one's  privilege  to  build  the  structure  of  his  life  as  he  sees  fit.  This  gives 
us  what  is  often  termed  the  self-made  man,  a  good  example  of  which  is  found 
in  Benjamin  Broxam.  a  well  known  and  highly  esteemed  citizen  of  Maquo- 
keta.  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  whose  interests  were  long  identified  with  Clinton 
county  and  who  is  eminently  desendng  of  a  conspicuous  place  in  the  history 
of  the  latter,  owing  to  the  fact  that  he  came  here  when  the  country  was  new 
and  assisted  ven.^  materially  in  the  general  upbuilding  of  the  same  and  led  a 


892  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA, 

life  of  industry,  honesty  and  one  well  worth  emulation  by  the  younger  genera- 
tion whose  destinies  are  yet  to  be  determined  by  the  future. 

Mr.  Broxam  comes  to  us  from  our  sister  country  across  the  Atlantic,  his 
birth  having  occurred  in  Lincolnshire,  England,  May  i,  183 1,  and  now  in  the 
serene  Indian  summer  of  his  years,  after  a  long  and  strenuous  life,  he  can  look 
backward  with  no  regrets,  since  he  has  always  done  the  best  he  could  in  all 
the  relations  of  life.  He  is  the  son  of  Benjamin  and  Rebecca  Broxam,  both 
natives  of  Lincolnshire,  England,  where  they  spent  their  lives,  having  never 
come  to  America.  The  father  was  a  shoemaker  by  trade.  They  were  the 
parents  of  six  children,  of  whom  Benjamin  of  this  review  was  the  oldest. 
Mr.  Broxam  had  been  married  before,  to  which  union  twelve  children  had  been 
born,  making  eighteen  children  in  both  families. 

Benjamin  Broxam  began  work  when  only  five  years  of  age,  his  duty  being 
to  keep  crows  and  other  birds  from  the  corn  fields  and  prevent  them  from 
destroying  various  crops  on  the  place.  He  spent  his  early  life  on  the  farm  and 
received  what  education  he  could  in  the  neighboring  schools.  It  was  in  1852 
that  he  came  to  America,  locating  in  Ohio,  where  he  remairfed  one  year  and 
then  came  to  Rock  Island,  Illinois,  in  1853  where  he  located,  but  soon  there- 
after entered  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  in  Welton  township,  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  then  returned  to  Rock  Island  and  worked  on  the  railroad  until 
the  spring  of  1857,  when  he  moved  to  his  farm  in  Welton  township,  and  soon 
began  breaking  the  raw  prairie  land  and  making  general  improvements,  build- 
ing a  small  frame  house.  As  he  prospered,  he  began  adding  to  his  original 
purchase  until  he  owned  a  \aluable  farm  of  two  hundred  and  eighty  acres 
which  he  placed  under  a  high  state  of  improvement  and  reaped  abundant  har- 
vests from  year  to  year.  He  continued  to  live  there  until  1892,  when  he  re- 
tired from  active  farm  Hfe  and  moved  to  Maquoketa,  Jackson  county,  where 
he  now  resides  in  a  cozy  and  attracti\'e  home,  modern  and  neatly  furnished. 
He  still  owns  his  farm,  whicli  is  one  of  the  best  in  the  community  and  which 
shows  that  a  gentleman  of  excellent  judgment  has  had  its  management  in 
band.      Politically,  Mr.  Brox?m  is  a  Democrat,  but  he  has  ne\'er  held  office. 

Mr.  Broxam  was  married  about  i'858  to  Mary  Lynch,  who  was  born  in 
Belmont  county,  Ohio,  about  1833,  and  to  this  union  three  children  were  bom: 
Charles,  who  died  in  1895,  at  the  age  of  thirty-four  years;  Helen  died  in  1885 
at  the  age  of  twenty- four  years ;  they  were  not  twins,  but  their  birthday  came 
within  the  same  year;  Albert  L.,  who  was  born  in  1864,  was  educated  in  the 
public  school,  also  at  the  normal  school  at  Dixon,  Illinois,  and  at  the  College 
of  Pharmacy  at  Des  Moines,  Iowa,  from  which  institution  he  was  oraduated, 
after  which  he  worked  ir.  a  drug  store  at  De  Witt.  Clinton  count}',  for  some 
time ;  he  then  came  to  Maquoketa,  Jackson  county,  where  he  also  clerked  in  a 


CLINTON    COUNTY,,    IOWA.  893 

drug  store  for  some  time  and  about  1892  he  bought  an  interest  in  the  store  of 
Walter  Dow,  where  he  had  been  working.  Later  Mr.  Dow  sold  his  interest 
and  the  firm  name  became  Broxam  &  Hinkley,  which  has  remained  the  same, 
these  gentlemen  now  conducting  the  largest  drug  store  and  carrying  the  most 
complete  drug  stock  in  Maquoketa. 

In  1904  All)ert  L.  Broxam  married  Alice  Langridge.  daughter  of  a  well 
known  Baptist  minister  of  ^^'aterloo,  Iowa.  This  union  has  been  without 
issue. 

]\Irs.  Benjamin  Broxam,  wife  of  the  subject,  was  called  to  her  rest  in 
1895.  The  members  of  this  family  have  always  borne  a  most  excellent  repu- 
tation and  are  popular  in  the  various  communities  where  they  have  resided. 


EDWARD  E.  YOUNG. 

In  naming  those  who  have  borne  their  full  share  in  the  upbuilding  of 
Center  township,  Clinton  county,  mention  must  not  be  omitted  of  Edward  E. 
Young,  for  he  has  there  exerted  a  strong  influence  for  good,  being  a  man  of 
upright  principles  and  desirous  to  see  the  advancement  of  the  community 
along  moral,  educational  and  material  lines. 

Mr.  Young  was  born  on  August  16,  1865,  in  this  county,  and  he  is  the  son 
of  John  A.  and  Martha  Ann  (Cox)  Young.  The  father  was  born  in  Orange 
county.  New  York,  June  8,  181 5,  in  which  year  the  family  removed  to  Penn- 
sylvania, where  John  A.  received  his  education.  In  1848  he  emigrated  to 
Oakland  county,  Michigan,  where  he  remained  eight  years,  when  he  moved  to 
Iowa  and  located  on  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  near  Elvira,  where 
he  spent  the  rest  of  his  life,  dying  August  4,  1899,  his  widow  surviving  until 
March  16,  1903;  they  are  buried  in  the  cemetery  at  Elvira.  The  father  was 
a  man  of  much  prominence  in  this  county,  well  known  and  highly  honored. 
He  was  a  member  of  the  sixteenth  and  seventeenth  General  Assemblies  of 
Iowa,  as  re]Dresentative  on  the  Democratic  ticket,  ser\ing  his  c()unt\'  for  four 
years  in  a  manner  that  elicited  the  hearty  approval  of  his  constituents.  In 
i860  he  was  elected  to  the  office  of  supervisor,  which  position  he  held  six 
years.  AMiile  in  his  twenty-fifth  year  he  was  elected  captain  of  the  Shippens- 
burg  troop,  an  old  cavalary  company  which  had  sensed  in  the  war  of  1812 
and  during  the  time  of  his  captaincy  offered  its  services  for  duty  in  the 
Mexican  war.  These  parents  were  members  of  the  Presbyterian  church,  and 
their  family  consisted  of  nine  children,  four  sons  and  five  daughters,  named 
as  follows :     Florence,  deceased;  ]\Iarv,  wife  of  A.  M.  Kellev;  Anna,  who  was 


894  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

file  wife  of  Rev.  T.  ^^^  Hamilton,  is  deceased;  Sarah  is  the  wife  of  W.  L, 
Niver;  John.  James,  Echxard,  Charles  A.,  and  Hattie,  wife  of  S.  B.  Kelley. 

Edward  E.  Young,  of  this  review,  spent  his  boyhood  on  the  farm  and 
received  a  common  school  education.  He  was  married  on  February  14,  1893, 
to  Elizabeth  Goddard,  daughter  of  John  and  Mariam  Goddard,  both  natives 
of  England,  from  which  country  they  came  to  America  about  I'S/o,  locating 
at  Clinton,  Iowa,  where  Mr.  Goddard  engaged  in  the  mercantile  business. 
His  death  occurred  in  June,  1897. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Young  began  their  married  life  on  his  present  farm,  which 
he  had  rented  of  his  sister,  Mrs.  Kelley,  whose  husband  was  killed  on  the 
tower  of  his  feed  wind-mill,  having  his  leg  crushed  and  he  remained  without 
help  for  an  hour  while  the  mill  continued  to  grind,  the  men  below  not  know- 
ing that  he  was  fastened  in  the  machinery  above.  In  1904  Mr.  Young  pur- 
chased his  sister's  farm,  the  Kelley  place,  which  consists  of  three  hundred  and 
twenty  acres  of  fine  farming  land,  which  has  been  extensively  improved  and 
ranks  with  the  best  farms  of  the  community.  Besides  general  farming  Mr. 
Young  is  an  extensive  feeder  of  stock,  and  he  has  numerous  barns,  sheds  and 
outbuildings  in  whicli  to  properly  care  for  them.  His  residence  is  a  very  com- 
fortable and  neat  one.  He  buys  and  feeds  many  cattle  and  hogs,  and  he  is 
very  successful  in  all  his  operations.  He  is  a  good  judge  of  all  kinds  of  stock 
and  is  well  known  as  a  stockman  throughout  the  county.  He  is  honest  and 
stands  high  in  the  community. 

Four  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Young,  namely :  Clarence, 
born  September  28,  1895  ;  Ethel,  born  November  21,  1896;  Claude,  born  June 
27,  1898;  Gladys,  born  August  6,  1902. 


WILLIAM  R.  TRAVER. 

One  of  the  well  known  and  progressive  citizens  of  Camanche  township, 
Clinton  county,  is  William  R.  Traver,  a  man  who  has  worked  long  and  hard 
to  advance  himself  along  lines  that  are  consistent  and  seldom  fail  to  bring  the 
reward  sought.  He  comes  of  one  of  the  old  and  honored  families  of  this 
county  and  his  birth  occurred  here  on  November  9,  1862.  He  is  the  son  of 
Rufus  and  Mary  J.  (Balentine)  Traver.  The  father  was  born  in  1832  and 
the  mother  in  1834,  the  former  a  native  of  New  York  and  the  latter  of  Ohio. 
They  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  about  i860  and  purchased  a  farm  of  one 
hundred  and  sixty  acres  in  Center  township  and  engaged  in  general  farming, 
becoming  well  established  here.     Rufus  Traver  was  a  very  successful  business 


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man  and  took  much  interest  in  local  affairs.  He  served  his  township  as 
assessor,  tax  collector  and  justice  of  the  peace,  filling  each  position  with  much 
credit  for  a  number  of  years.  In  1895  he  retired,  purchasing  property  in 
Clinton,  where  he  moved  and  where  he  now  resides.  He  is  a  member  of  the 
Congregational  church,  and,  politically,  is  a  Republican.  Five  children  were 
born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Traver,  namely :  Ella  married  Mr.  Allen,  of  New  York 
City;  Daisy  is  now  Mrs.  Hill,  of  Clinton  county;  Roy  L.  lives  in  Clinton, 
where  he  has  a  position  in  a  bank;  Carroll  B.  lives  in  Chicago;  William  R., 
of  this  review.  The  mother  of  these  children  died  on  February  17.  191 1, 
and  is  liuried  at  Elvira. 

The  boyhood  days  of  the  subject  of  this  sketch  were  spent  on  the  farm 
with  his  parents.  He  received  a  good  common  school  education  and  later 
took  a  business  course  at  Ouincy,  Illinois.  He  was  married  on  April  27, 
1888,  to  Mariah  Mahen,  daughter  of  George  and  Mary  Mahen,  of  this  county. 
Her  parents  were  natives  of  Ireland.  They  came  to  America  and  settled  in 
Clinton  county  on  a  farm  in  Center  township.  They  retired  and  made  their 
home  in  Elvira  in  1889.  purchasing  a  home  there  and  they  spent  the  remainder 
of  their  lives  in  that  place.  George  Mahen  was  born  May  10,  1818,  and  died 
February  28,  1895  ;  his  wife  was  born  May  lo,  1833,  and  died  March  5,  1899. 
and  they  are  both  buried  at  Elvira  cemetery.  Mr.  Mahen  began  life  without 
means,  but  by  his  industry  and  good  management  he  accumulated  a  very 
valuable  estate  and  became  the  owner  of  six  hundred  acres  of  land.  His 
family  consisted  of  five  children,  namely:  Roger  M. ;  Ella,  now  Mrs.  Crapser; 
Minnie,  who  married  a  'Sir.  Cromer,  is  deceased;  Kate,  now  Mrs.  Kelley ; 
Mariah  is  the  wife  of  AA'illiam  R.  Traver  of  this  review:  there  are  also  two 
half  brothers  and  a  h^lf  sister. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  R.  Traver  began  their  married  life  on  rented  land 
and  in  1896  he  purchased  his  father's  farm,  which  is  still  his  home.  It  con- 
sisted then  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres.  He  has  added  to  this  as  he  has 
prospered  until  he  now  has  a  very  fine  farm  of  three  hundred  and  twenty 
acres,  consisting  of  as  choice  land  as  Camanche  township  affords.  Part  of  it 
lies  in  Lincoln  township,  adjoining.  He  has  made  extensive  improvements  on 
his  land,  all  modern  and  up-to-date.  He  is  regarded  as  one  of  the  leading 
farmers  and  stock  raisers  in  the  township.  For  a  number  of  years  he  has 
engaged  in  breeding  and  raising  Polled-Angus  cattle,  of  which  he  has  a  choice 
herd.     They  are  eagerly  sought  for  owing  to  their  superior  quality. 

^\r  anfl  ^Irs.  Tra\"er  are  members  of  the  Lutheran  church,  and,  politi- 
cally, he  is  a  Repulth'can.  They  have  no  famil}-  of  their  own.  Tliey  took  her 
sister's  child  when  it  was  two  weeks  old.  its  mother  ha^•ino^  died,  and  thev  have 


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adopted  him.  Frank  Cromer  was  born  October  19,  1903.  They  also  have 
given  his  sisters,  Leda  Marie  and  Maiy  Margaret,  a  home  in  their  family. 
They  are  much  attached  to  these  children  and  give  them  every  chance  to  be- 
come worthy  citizens. 


PETER  CHRISTEXSEN. 

From  small  beginnings  Peter  Christensen,  a  well  known  citizen  of  Olive 
township,  Clinton  county,  has  gradually  attained  a  prominence  in  this  locality 
which  entitles  him  to  be  regarded  as  one  of  its  worthiest  citizens.  No  asper- 
sions can  be  made  on  any  action  of  his  during  a  pilgrimage  of  nearly  forty 
years  here,  during  which  time  he  has  seen  his  community  grow  and  has  taken 
a  great  interest  in  the  general  development  of  the  same.  Like  many  of  our 
leading  farmers,  he  comes  to  us  from  Norway,  having  been  born  in  that 
country  in  1840,  the  son  of  Chris  Hansen  and  Bertha  (Johns)  Christensen, 
both  natives  of  Norway,  where  they  were  reared,  educated  and  married,  and 
in  which  country  the  father  died.  His  son  Peter  grew  to  maturity  there  and 
was  educated  in  the  common  schools  and  when  twenty-one  years  of  age,  in 
186 1,  his  mother  brought  him  to  America,  coming  direct  to  Calamus,  Clinton 
county,  Iowa.  Here  the  son  began  working  out.  He  was  a  hard  worker  and 
economical,  saved  his  earnings  and  was  in  due  course  of  time  enabled  to  pur- 
chase eighty  acres  of  land  where  he  still  lives,  having,  however,  added  to  this 
until  he  now  has  an  excellent  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres,  which  he 
has  brought  up  to  a  high  state  of  improvement.  He  has  a  good  substantial 
home  and  outljuildings.  his  place  being  well  improved  in  every  way,  all  of 
which,  or  most  all.  he  has  done  himself.  He  has  lived  here  all  the  time  since 
coming  to  America  with  the  exception  of  three  years,  from  1898  to  1901,  spent 
in  Minnesota.  He  there  owned  two  hundred  and  eighty  acres  of  land  and 
raised  grain  very  extensively.  He  is  a  general  farmer  and  stock  raiser  and  he 
is  a  stockholder  in  the  Farmers  Bank  at  Calamus.  He  has  been  very  success- 
ful as  a  business  man,  having  managed  well  and  persisted  along  lines  which  he 
deemed  worthy  to  be  followed  and  wrought  out. 

]\Ir.  Christensen  was  married  in  1867  to  Anna  Ludwigson.  who  was 
born  in  1844  in  Norway,  from  which  country  she  came  to  America  with  her 
parents  in  i860  and  located  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa;  later  they  went  west. 
This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  the  following  children :  Bertha 
A^ergensen,  Walter,  Elizabeth,  Christ  (deceased),  Mary  Mason,  Irene  Mason, 
Rena,  Lena,  Irena  and  Anna.  Mrs.  Christensen  died  in  1892  and  was  buried 
in  the  Lutheran  cemetery,  in  Olive  township. 


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This  family  are  Lutherans  in  their  rehgious  belief,  and  Mr.  Christensen 
is  a  Republican  and  has  held  some  of  the  township  offices  in  a  way  that  re- 
flected much  credit  upon  himself  and  to  the  satisfaction  of  all  concerned.  He 
was  school  director  for  some  time  and  also  road  boss. 


ANDREW  JACKSON  RIGGS. 

Andrew  Jackson  Riggs,  a  retired  farmer  of  Maquoketa.  Jackson  county, 
Iowa,  was  born  near  Lyons,  Wayne  county.  New  York,  June  21,  1832.  He  is 
the  son  of  John  and  Alma  (Growls)  Riggs.  The  father  was  born  April  11, 
1798,  in  New  Jersey  and  was  the  son  of  John  Riggs,  Sr.,  who  in  1799  moved 
his  family  to  Wayne  county,  New  York,  and  bought  a  tract  of  timber  land  of 
the  Holland  Purchase  Company.  This  tract  of  timberland  is  now  a  part  of 
the  city  of  Lyons,  John  Riggs,  Sr.,  sold  the  land  and  purchased  another 
tract,  where  he  lived  until  his  death. 

John  Riggs,  Jr.,  was  reared  on  the  farm  and  assisted  his  father  in  the 
cultivation  of  the  same.  He  had  a  brother-in-law  named  Hull,  who  was  a 
colonel  during  the  war  of  18 12,  in  the  American  army,  and  while  home  on  a 
furlough  took  John  Riggs,  then  a  boy,  along  with  him  to  the  lines  and  he  there 
served  as  tre  Co'oneFs  l^ofiv-servant.  Lie  Carried  a  rnnsket  v-ith  the  rest  of 
the  soldiers  and  became  something  of  a  pet  among  the  men  of  the  army.  He 
remained  with  the  army  until  the  close  of  the  war.  Returning  to  his  home 
at  the  expiration  of  that  time,  he  remained  there  a  time  and  then  \vent  to 
Canada,  where  he  was  emnloyed  in  the  lumljer  regions.  He  spent  seven  years 
in  this  vicinity  and  then  returned  to  his  old  home. 

In  1826  John  Riggs,  Jr.,  married  Alma  Growl,  who  Was  born  in  Cayuga 
county,  New  York,  May  11,  1807.  Directly  after  their  marriage  they  went 
to  Allegany  county,  where  he  bought  timber  land,  built  a  small  house  of 
logs,  cleared  and  cultivated  the  farm.  About  1831  he  returned  to  Wayne 
county  and  settled  on  his  fathers  farm  and  there  he  remained  until  1837, 
W'hen,  fired  with  the  western  fever,  he  came  to  the  territory  of  Iowa,  via  the 
Erie  canal  to  Buffalo,  by  the  lakes  to  Cleveland,  thence  by  the  Ohio  river 
to  the  Mississippi  river  and  un  the  Mississippi  to  Burlington.  At  that  city 
the  family  spent  the  winter.  During  this  wdnter  the  subject,  A.  J.  Riggs,  saw 
Chief  Black  Hawk,  who  used  to  go  into  Burlington  for  supplies.  While  the 
family  remained  in  Burlington  John  Riggs  and  a  timber  man  from  Indiana 
tramped  overland  to  Maquoketa,  Jackson  county,  low-a,  to  find  a  brother  of 

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898  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  former,  Reuben  Riggs,  who  owned  a  farm  and  log  house  on  the  hne  be- 
tween Chnton  and  Jackson  counties.  John  Riggs  returned  to  BurHngton  and 
in  the  spring  took  steamboat  and  went  up  the  river  to  Lyons,  which  then  con- 
tained but  three  houses;  from  there  he  went  by  boat  to  Sabula,  and  came 
through  the  country  on  foot  to  his  brother  s  log  cabin.  Accompanying  him 
on  this  journey  was  his  wife  and  six  children,  one,  C.  R.  Riggs,  being  but 
three  years  old  and  another  a  babe  of  six  months,  whom  they  had  to  carry. 
The  subject  was  but  five  years  old,  and  he  had  to  walk.  Mr.  Riggs  entered 
land  in  section  6  in  what  later  became  Bloomfield  township,  Clinton  county, 
and  he  was  the  first  white  settler  in  the  township.  He  erected  a  log  house 
on  this  land  and  there  he  lived  until  1849.  He,  as  was  the  case  with  hundreds 
of  others,  was  drawn  toward  California  in  the  year  last  mentioned  and  while 
en  route  was  taken  sick  and  died,  being  buried  near  Elkhorn  rix'er.  He  was 
survived  by  his  wife  and  eight  children,  namely:  George  W.,  Ashley  C,  John 
H.,  Andrew  J.,  Charles  R.,  DeWitt  C.  (these  children  having  all  been  born  in 
New  York  and  brought  by  their  parents  to  Iowa),  Ann  (born  in  i'840  in 
Clinton  county),  Zachary  T. 

Andrew  J.,  the  subject,  and  Zachary  T.  "Riggs,  residing  at  Biloxi,  Missis- 
sippi, are  the  only  surviving  members  of  the  family.  Mrs.  Riggs,  the  mother 
of  these  children,  departed  this  life  March  8.  1899. 

As  before  stated,  Andrew  J.  Riggs  was  but  five  years  old  when  he  ac- 
companied his  parents  to  Iowa.  He  was  seventeen  at  the  time  of  his  father's 
death  and  he  assisted  his  brothers  in  the  managing  of  the  home  place,  residing 
on  the  old  homestead  until  1864.  He  was  married  in  that  year  and  located  in 
1865  on  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  at  Riggs  Station,  Waterford 
township,  Clinton  county.  He  bought  this  land  in  1854,  then  wild  prairie, 
and  began  the  cultivation  of  it.  The  first  eighty  acres  was  all  under  cultiva- 
tion by  i860.  He  planted  shade  and  fruit  trees  and  built  a  set  of  frame  build- 
ings. Later  he  added  other  land  to  his  original  purchase  and  at  one  time 
owned  two  hundred  and  eighty  acres  in  Waterford  township.  In  1865  he 
also  owned  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in  Minnesota.  He  at  one  time  owned 
the  townsite  of  Monticello.  Minnesota,  and  also  owned  between  one  thousand 
and  fifteen  hundred  acres  of  land  in  various  counties  throughout  the  state  of 
Iowa.  In  1896  he  retired  from  active  farm  life  and  bought  a  modern  resi- 
dence in  Maquoketa,  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  where  he  at  present  resides. 

Mr.  Riggs'  domestic  life  began  in  1864,  on  March  13th  of  which  year  he 
was  united  in  marriage  with  Eliza  Jane  Mullholland,  who  was  born  at  Auburn 
Center,  Ohio,  March  15,  1844.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Rev.  Richard  and 
Eliza  E.   (Abbey)  Mullholland.     He  was  born  in  Londonderry,  Ireland,  of 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  899 

Scotch-Irish  parentage,  in  the  year  1823.  At  the  age  of  sixteen  he  came 
to  America  and  turned  his  attention  to  the  attainment  of  an  eckication.  He 
was  graduated  from  Brighton  (Ohio)  College,  when  twenty-three  years  of 
age  and  became  a  minister  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church.  In  June.  1843, 
he  married  Eliza  E.  Abbey,  who  was  born  in  Auburn,  Ohio.  1826.  In  the 
spring  of  1852  they  moved  to  Iowa  and  he  acted  as  supply  preacher  for  con- 
gregations near  Preston  and  Charlotte,  Clinton  county.  He  bought  eighty 
acres  of  Mr.  Holroyd,  a  pioneer  millwright  who  located  about  two  miles  west 
of  Preston.  In  1853  he  joined  the  Iowa  conference  and  was  assigned  to  the 
Jackson  county  circuit.  He  traveled  and  preached  in  different  counties  in 
Iowa  and  in  1856  came  back  to  Maquoketa.  and  opened  a  boot  and  shoe  store 
in  partnership  with  another  man,  but  he  failed  in  this  and  in  1858  went  to 
California  overland.  He  followed  just  behind  the  Mountain  Meadow  massa- 
cre and  in  company  with  an  emigrant  train  from  Texas  who  crossed  the  place 
of  the  massacre  a  few  days  after  the  awful  event  happened.  He  remained 
in  California  for  four  years  and  on  account  of  failing  health  returned  to 
Maquoketa,  where  he  died  September  11.  1863.  He  was  a  member  of  the 
Masonic  and  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows  lodges.  He  left  a  wife  and 
one  child,  who  is  now  Mrs.  Riggs.  Mrs.  Mullholland  returned  to  Portage 
county,  Ohio,  in  the  fall  of  1864  and  died  there  on  March  8,  1885. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Riggs  became  the  parents  of  two  children.  Elmer  Els- 
worth  Riggs,  born  February  16.  i86f^,  died  September  7,  1893;  ^^  ^^^^^  ^^^^' 
vived  by  his  wife,  but  no  children.  Lindus  L.  Riggs,  born  August  29,  1868, 
graduated  from  Maquoketa  high  school  in  1887.  He  taught  school  at  Riggs, 
Clinton  county,  and  various  other  places  for  fourteen  terms.  Later  he  became 
the  successor  of  his  brother,  Elsworth.  agent  of  the  Chicago,  Milwaukee  & 
St.  Paul  Railroad  at  Riggs,  where  he  remained  four  years.  In  the  fall  of 
1900  he  entered  Keokuk  Medical  College  and  was  graduated  in  1904,  engaging 
in  the  practice  at  Maquoketa,  Iowa,  but  in  1905  went  to  Jefferson  Medical 
College  of  Philadelphia,  from  which  he  was  graduated  in  June,  1906.  As  a 
surgeon  he  has  gained  much  prominence  and  since  1907  has  conducted  the 
Maquoketa  City  Hospital,  which  he  owns.  January  i,  1908,  he  married 
Elizabeth  Hurst,  daughter  of  Hon.  Alfred  Hurst,  of  Hurstville,  Jackson 
county,  Iowa.     They  have  one  child,  Ralph  LeRoy  Riggs. 

Mrs.  C.  I.  Riggs  is  a  member  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church.  Mr, 
Riggs.  though  religiously  inclined,  is  not  a  member  of  any  church.  Politically, 
he  is  independent. 

Andrew  J.  Riggs  has  a  flint-lock  musket  and  bayonet  made  in  1809  and 
carried  in  the  war  of  1812  by  William  Birch.     At  the  close  of  the  war  the 


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subject's  father  bought  the  gun.  Mrs.  John  Riggs  gave  the  gun  to  the  sub- 
ject's oldest  son,  who  is  now  deceased.  Mrs.  Riggs  owns  and  has  in  her 
possession  an  account  book,  w^hich  has  been  handed  down  from  one  generation 
in  her  father's  family  to  another.  The  first  account  now  recorded  in  the  book 
is  January,  1755.  One  of  the  items  is  "One  Pint  Whiskey  at  11^  cts." 
This  book  was  in  the  Mullholland  family  and  was  written  in  Ireland. 

■  A.  T.  Riggs'  two  brothers  served  through  the  Civil  war.  Charles  R. 
Riggs,  who  enlisted  in  Company  L,  Second  Cavalry,  and  went  in  as  orderly 
sergeant  and  served  four  years,  eight  months  and  ten  days  and  was  discharged 
as  captain.  He  was  provost  marshal  of  Bolivar  Parish,  Mississippi,  for  eight 
months.  Taken  prisoner  while  resting  along  the  roadway  in  Missouri,  in 
1862,  and  remained  a  prisoner  for  three  months,  when  he  was  exchanged. 
De  Witt  C.  Riggs  enlisted  in  the  Thirty-first  Iowa  Volunteer  Infantry  from 
Maquoketa.  He  was  commissioned  as  second  lieutenant  March  31,  1863, 
and  promoted  first  lieutenant  September  23,  1864.  He  resigned  on  account 
of  disability  from  bowel  trouble  in  the  fall  of  1864.  Another  brother,  Ashley 
C.  Riggs,  enlisted  at  Dubuque,  Iowa,  in  a  regiment  of  dragoons  in  1847.  ^^^ 
was  ."ssigred  to  dr,ty  at  Fort  Atkinson,  Iowa,  serving  until  the  close  of  the 
Mexican  war. 

Mrs.  A.  J.  Riggs,  who  lived  at  Maquoketa  during  the  w^ar,  assisted  in 
making  the  flags  of  the  companies  (five  in  number)  which  left  Maquoketa. 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  A.  J.  Riggs  adopted  a  young  girl  aged  ten  by  the  name  of 
Minnie  C.  Albright.  She  was  born  October  14,  1865.  Her  father,  who  was 
a  widower,  gave  his  permission  for  her  to  live  with  them  until  she  was  eigh- 
teen ;  she  remained  until  she  was  twenty-four,  when  she  married  Levi  T.  Allen, 
of  Miles,  Iowa,  on  March  13,  1890.  He  died  on  January  12,  1897,  leaving 
his  wife  and  one  daughter,  Laura  A.  Allen,  born  September  i,  189 1.  Els- 
worth  L.  Allen  was  born  March  5,  1893.  Since  her  husband's  death  Mrs. 
Allen  and  her  children  have  made  their  home  with  Mrs.  Riggs,  'with  the  ex- 
ception of  four  or  five  years. 

In  the  year  1895  the  subject  fitted  c  ut  a  circus  for  his  son  Dr.  L.  L..  brt 
on  account  of  the  hard  times  then  prevailing,  the  circus  failed  in  1896.  Mrs. 
E.  J.  Riggs  is  a  beautiful  writer  of  poetry.  She  wrote  for  many  years  for 
the  Clinton  County  Advertiser. 


THEODORE  C.  RITTER. 

One  of  the  successful  and  well  liked  farmers  of  Orange  township,  Clin- 
ton county,  is  Theodore  C.  Ritter,  a  man  who  is  eminently  deserving  of  the 
success  that  has  attended  his  efforts  owing  to  the  fact  that  he  has  w^orked  hard 


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along  legitimate  lines  and  has  always  led  a  life  of  honesty  and  shaped  his 
course  to  goodly  ends. 

Mr.  Ritter  was  born  in  Rock  Island  county,  Illinois,  March  31,  1856,  and 
is  the  son  of  Leonard  and  Theresa  (King)  Ritter,  the  father  a  native  of 
Prussia,  Germany,  and  the  mother  born  in  Bavaria,  Germany.  They  were 
educated  and  married  in  their  native  land  and  came  to  Rock  Island  county, 
Illinois,  in  about  1845.  They  subsequently  moved  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
and  settled  on  a  farm  two  miles  west  of  Grand  Mound,  Olive  township,  on 
two  hundred  and  eighty  acres,  and  here  they  lived  until  their  deaths.  Their 
family  consisted  of  four  sons  and  four  daughters,  of  whom  seven  are  now 
living,  Mrs.  John  P.  Saddler  being  deceased ;  she  lived  at  De  Witt,  this  county. 
Politically,  Leonard  Ritter  was  a  Democrat  and  he  and  his  family  were  mem- 
bers of  the  Catholic  church. 

Theodore  C.  Ritter,  of  this  review,  was  reared  on  a  farm  and  was  edu- 
cated in  the  public  schools  of  Olive  township.  He  worked  in  Davenport  for 
some  time  on  a  delivery  wagon  for  the  CaWe  Lumber  Company.  He  later 
turned  his  attention  to  farming,  and  he  is  now  the  owner  of  an  excellent 
farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  one  and  one-half  miles  north  of  Grand 
Mound.  Orange  township,  on  which  he'^arries,  on  general  farming  and  stock 
raising.  He  has  put  excellent  improvements  on  his  place,  and  has  a  very 
comfortable  home.  He  always  keeps  some  good  stock  which  he  prepares 
for  the  market.  ... 

Politically,  Mr.  Ritter  is  a  Democrat  and  he  has  long  taken  considerable 
interest  in  local  affairs.  He  was  constable  of  his  township  for  two  years,  fill- 
ing this  office  to  the  satisfaction  of  all  concerned.  He  and  his  family  are 
members  of  the  Catholic  church. 

Mr.  Ritter  was  married  on  April  14,  1884,  to  Mary  J.  Martin,  a  native 
of  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  the  daughter  of  Thomas  and  Jane  (Halpin) 
Martin,  early  settlers  of  Scott  county,  this  state.  To  this  union  two  sons 
and  four  daughters  were  born,  namely  :  Loretta,  Raymond,  William.  May, 
Genevieve  (deceased)  and  Bernadine  (deceased).  The  mother  of  these 
children  died  December  24,  1900.  Her  parents  were  both  born  in  Ireland, 
from  which  country  they  came  to  Davenport,  Iowa,  when  there  were  only  a 
few  houses  in  that  place.  They  came  to  Clinton  county,  this  state,  in  187*8, 
and  located  on  two  hundred  acres  of  land  and  here  the  father  died  on  April 
II,  1896,  the  mother  dying  in  about  1897.  Nine  children  were  born  to  them, 
five  of  whom  are  living.  This  family  were  Catholics  and  in  politics  Thomas 
Martin  was  a  Democrat. 


902  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

JOHN  WILLIAMS. 

No  better  evidence  of  fidelity  to  duty,  upright  character  and  popular  per- 
sonality could  be  secured  than  a  continuous  service  with  one  concern  for  a 
period  of  thirty-two  years.  That  is  the  length  of  time  that  John  Williams, 
one  of  the  best  known  men  in  railroad  circles  in  Clinton  county,  has  been  in 
the  employ  of  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  Railroad  Company,  and  he  has 
always  been  regarded  as  one  of  their  most  trusted  and  faithful  employes, 
always  ready  to  discharge  his  duties  to  the  best  of  his  ability  and  with  no 
thought  of  shirking  or  misrepresenting  the  facts.  As  a  result  of  such  char- 
acteristics he  has  not  only  Won  the  confidence  and  respect  of  his  employers 
and  associates  in  railroad  circles,  but  also  of  all  with  whom  he  has  come  into 
contact  and  he  is  in  every  way  deserving  of  the  high  respect  in  which  he  is 
held. 

Mr.  Williams  was  born  at  Sterling,  Illinois,  July  i6,  1866,  and  he  is  the 
son  of  Michael  and  Mary  (Pendergast)  Williams.  The  father  was  born  in 
county  Kings,  Ireland,  April  10.  1826,  and  the  mother  was  born  in  county 
Queens,  Ireland.  They  were  married  in  England  in  1853  and  came  to 
America  in  1855,  locating  in  Chicago,  where  they  resided  a  short  time,  then 
came  to  Sterling,  Illinois,  at  the  time  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  railroad 
was  being  built  through  there,  and  the  father  assisted  in  the  work  of  laying 
the  tracks  into  Sterling.  After  a  short  time  he  entered  the  coal  and  grain 
business  in  which  he  remained  for  a  period  of  thirty  years,  doing  a  large 
business  and  becoming  widely  known  in  that  country.  He  lived  retired  dur- 
ing the  last  few  years  of  his  life,  and  died  at  his  home  in  Sterling,  on  Novem- 
ber 10,  1903.  His  widow  is  still  living.  Fourteen  children  were  born  to 
them,  ten  of  whom  are  living,  four  being  deceased.  Michael  Williams  was  a 
Democrat  and  an  earnest  worker  in  the  party,  but  he  refused  to  be  a  candidate 
for  office  many  times.  He  gave  his  large  family  a  good  education  and  pro- 
vided \vell  for  them.  He  lived  a  rather  quiet  and  retired  life.  He  was  a 
faithful  Catholic,  an  excellent  business  man,  a  generous  giver  to  St.  Mary's 
Catbolic  church,  of  Axhich  he  was  a  member,  nnd  he  was  greatly  missed  in  his 
community,  his  death  being  lamented  by  all  classes.  He  had  one  daughter  at 
the  time  of  his  death  who  was  a  prominent  musician  in  Kansas  City,  Missouri, 
but  she  is  now  deceased.  She  was  a  nun  of  the  Order  of  Charity  and  was 
mother  superior  of  an  Indian  mission  in  Michigan. 

John  Williams  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Sterling,  Illinois,  and 
when  a  boy  he  began  working  for  the  Chicago  &  Northwestern  Railroad  Com- 
pany, beginning  carrying  water  at  the  age  of  twelve  years.     He  went  from 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  9O3 

that  to  the  roundhouse,  then  became  switchman,  fireman  and  engineer,  having 
been  an  engineer  since  1886.  As  stated  above,  he  has  spent  his  Hfe  in  the 
service  of  this  road. 

Pohtically.  Mr.  WilHams  is  a  Democrat  and  both  he  and  his  wife  are 
memljers  of  the  Catholic  church.  He  belongs  to  the  Knights  of  Cokimbus 
and  the  Brotherhood  of  Locomotive  Engineers. 

Mr.  Wilhams  was  married  on  December  31,  1896,  to  Ellen  Murphy,  of 
Anamosa,  Iowa,  the  daughter  of  Patrick  and  Ellen  Murphy,  who  came  to 
America  in  a  very  eirly  day  and  settled  in  Connecticut,  in  which  state  thev  mar- 
ried, subsequently  coming  to  Iowa.  Mr.  Murphy  devoted  his  life  to  farming. 
Two  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Williams.  Marie,  now  twelve 
years  old.  and  Laurence,  aged  ten. 


RUDOLPH  FREDERICK  SIEMSEN. 

Among  the  substantial  farmers  of  Berlin  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
is  the  well  known  gentleman  whose  brief  biography  is  presented  in  the  follow- 
ing lines.  Rudolph  F.  Siemsen  is  a  native  of  Holstein,  Germany,  where  his 
birth  occurred  on  the  15th  of  August.  1855,  being  one  of  twelve  children, 
whose  parents,  Henry  and  Dora  Lucy  Siemsen,  were  also  born  and  reared  in 
that  province.  Henry  Siemsen  spent  his  entire  life  in  Holstein  and  died  in  the 
year  1869;  his  wife,  who  survived  him.  is  still  living  and  resides  near  the  place 
where  she  first  saw  the  light  of  day.  Six  of  their  children  also  survive,  three 
in  Germany  and  three  in  the  United  States. 

Rudolph  Frederick  Siemsen  spent  his  childhood  and  youth  on  the  farm 
which  his  father  cultivated,  and  enjoyed  the  advantages  of  a  common  school 
education.  While  still  young  he  learned  the  bartender's  trade  and  in  1878 
entered  the  German  army,  with  which  he  served  until  1881.  In  1882  he  came 
to  the  United  States,  going  via  the  isthmus  of  Panama  to  San  Francisco, 
California,  thence  to  Washington  territory,  where  he  remained  for  two 
years,  during  which  time  he  lived  principally  in  what  is  now  Garfield  county 
and  supported  himself  by  various  kinds  of  employment.  At  the  expiration 
of  the  period  indicated  he  came  to  Scott  county,  Iowa,  where  he  remained 
from  August.  1884,  to  March  of  the  ensuing  year,  when  he  went  to  Omaha, 
Nebraska,  thence,  after  a  short  time,  to  Council  Bluffs,  in  which  city  he  was 
in  business  until  his  removal  to  Atlantic,  Cass  county,  this  state,  in  1889. 
Disposing  of  his  interest  in  the  latter  place  he  went  to  Billings,  Montana,  but 
not  being  satisfied  with  conditions  there,  soon  returned  to  Iowa,  and  during 


904  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  two  ensuing  years  lived  in  Cass  county,  where  he  had  formerly  been  in 
business.  . 

On  October  i,  1891,  Mr.  Siemsen  was  married  in  the  town  of  Atlantic 
to  Lena  Husmann,  a  native  of  the  same  German  province  in  which  he  was 
born,  and  immediately  thereafter  engaged  in  farming  in  Cass  county,  where  he. 
continued  to  reside  until  1899,  when  he  sold  out  and  went  to  the  state  of 
Washington.  After  remaining  a  year  there,  he  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
and  bought  a  tract  of  land  in  Berlin  township,  on  which  he  has  since  lived  and 
prospered. 

Mr.  Siemsen  has  had  quite  a  chequered,  but.  in  the  main,  successful. 
career.  He  now  has  a  finely  improved  farm,  a  beautiful  and  attractive  home 
and  is  in  comfortable  circumstances,  with  every  assurance  of  a  prosperous 
career  in  the  future.  He  is  veiy  industrious,  manages  his  affairs  judiciously 
and  manifests  commendable  interest  in  all  matters  of  importance  to  the  com- 
munity in  which  he  resides.  In  politics  he  is  independent,  being  allied  to  no 
party  and  using  his  judgment  in  the  matter  of  voting,  giving  his  support  to 
the  candidates  best  qualified  for  the  positions  to  which  they  aspire.  In  religion 
he  holds  to  the  creed  of  the  Lutheran  church,  in  which  both  himself  and  wife 
were  reared,  and  since  becoming  a  resident  of  Clinton  county,  he  has  been, 
quite  active  and  influential  in  the  local  church  to  which  he  belongs.  He  is  a 
pleasant  gentleman,  courteous  in  demeanor  and  his  popularity  extends  to  the, 
limits  of  his  acquaintance.  He  has  many  warm  friends  who  prize  him  for  the 
sterling  worth  of  his  character  and  he  uses  his  influence  on  the  right  side  o.f 
ever}^  moral  issue.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Siemsen  have  two  children,  Freda  Rosa 
and  Lena  Alarguerite  Marie,  who,  like  their  parents,  are  popular  with  their 
friends  and  acquaintances. 


ALBERT  A.  BARBER. 

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Having  been  born  and  reared  in  Orange  township,  Clinton  county,,  and 
since  reaching  manhood's  estate  identified  with  large  agricultural  interests  of 
this  community,  it  is  not  strange  that  A.  A.  Barber  should  be  widely  and 
favorably  known  within  the  confines  of  the  territory  in  question.  ;Hi.s  career 
has  been  marked  with  success  at  almost  every  turn.  .  .       •. 

The  date  of  Mr.  Barber's  birth  was  1853  ^"^  he  is  the  son  of  Nathaniel 
Barber,  a  full  sketch  of  whom  is  to  be  found  elsewhere  in  this  work.  Suffice 
it  to  say  here^  that  he  comes  of  one  of  the  excellent  old  pioneer  families  of  this 
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Mr.  Barber  was  educated  in  the  home  schools  and  when  but  a  mere  lad 
was  put  to  work  in  the  fields  and  he  has  spent  his  entire  life  on  the  home 
farm,  which  is  a  rare  privilege,  for  the  assocations  of  the  old  homestead  are 
always  pleasant.  He  has  thus  always  farmed,  and,  having  grown  up  to  this 
line  of  endeavor,  he  has  mastered  every  detail  of  general  husbandry  and  his 
efforts  have  been  attended  by  a  large  measure  of  success.  He  has  one  of  the 
best  farms  in  this  part  of  the  county,  consisting  of  four  hundred  and  ninety- 
five  acres,  all  in  Orange  township  comprising  two  farms,  one  of  one  hundred 
and  sixty-five  acres  and  the  other  of  three  hundred  and  thirty  acres.  He  has 
kept  the  places  well  improved  in  every  respect  and  has  tilled  the  soil  with 
such  care  as  to  keep  it  up  to  its  original  strength  and  productiveness.  Besides 
general  farming,  he  has  always  devoted  considerable  attention  to  stock  rais- 
ing, always  keeping  an  excellent  grade  of  stock.  Other  interests  have  also 
claimed  his  attention  and  it  was  he  who  organized  the  Farmers  Mutual  Tele- 
phone Company  of  Clinton  in  1902;  he  became  president  of  the  company, 
which  office  he  still  holds  to  the  credit  of  himself  and  to  the  entire  satisfaction 
of  all  concerned,  in  fact,  his  judicious  and  able  management  has  been  respon- 
sible for  its  large  success,  and  it  is  rapidly  growing  in  importance  and  popular- 
ity. 

Mr.  Barber  is  a  Republican  in  politics,  and  he  has  long  taken  more  or 
less  interest  in  local  affairs,  having  been  assessor  of  Orange  township  for  a 
period  of  six  years,  was  trustee  of  the  township  for  a  period  of  four  years, 
has  been  local  school  director  for  many  years  and  was  census  enumerator  in 
1900.  As  a  public  servant  he  has  been  very  faithful  in  the  discharge  of  his 
duties. 

Mr.  Barber  was  married  on  May  3,  1877,  to  Laura  C.  Simmons,  who  was 
born  and  reared  in  Orange  township  and  educated  in  the  local  schools;  her 
family  has  long  been  a  highly  respected  one  here.  This  union  has  resulted 
in  the  birth  of  one  son,  Earl  G.,  who  is  assisting  his  father  with  the  work  on 
the  farm ;  the  son  is  a  member  of  the  Modern  Brotherhood  of  America  and  he 
is  a  very  promising  young  business  man.  He  married  Elsie  Smith,  of  De 
Witt  township,  the  daughter  of  Henry  F.  and  Louisa  (Hoehne)  Smith.  Her 
parents  came  from  Germany  to  Clinton  county  in  an  early  day  and  are  num- 
bered among  its  respected  and  influential  families.  The  elder  Barber  is  also 
a  member  of  the  Modern  Brotherhood, — in  fact  has  been  its  secretary  from 
its  organization  to  the  present  time.  He  also  belongs  to  the  Knights  of 
Pythias,  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows  and  he  and  his  wife  are 
members  of  the  Rebekahs. 


906  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

JACOB  SCHROEDER. 

A  German  community  always  seems  to  be  a  prosperous  one.  The  Ger- 
mans have  such  a  combination  of  racial  qualities  as  to  be  well  adapted  to  all 
situations  in  life.  The  traveler  in  Iowa  can  usually  recognize  the  German 
community  by  its  appearance,  the  neatness  of  the  buildings,  the  general  air  of 
good  repair  and  the  thriftiness  of  the  crops  and  stock.  The  farm  which  Mr. 
Schroeder  owns  presents  to  the  passer-by  a  particularly  attractive  picture,  for 
he  is  an  exceptionally  good  farmer  even  among  the  exceptional  farmers  of  his 
township. 

Jacob  Schroeder  was  born  in  Germany  on  March  i8,  1866,  the  son  of 
Andros  and  Catherine  (Pruring)  Schroeder,  both  natives  of  Germany,  where 
Andros  Schroeder  died  in  1870,  and  his  widow  is  now  living.  They  were 
the  parents  of  five  children,  four  of  whom  are  living,  and  were  much  honored 
and  respected  persons.  Their  son  Jacob  received  his  education  in  Germany, 
and  came  to  Scott  county,  Iowa,  in  1885,  seeking  to  try  his  fortune  in  a  newer 
continent  of  wondrous  possibilities.  Later,  in  1885,  he  came  to  Clinton 
county,  and  in  1901  bought  eighty  acfes  of  land,  in  1904  forty  more,  and  has 
added  until  he  now  owns  two  hundred  acres  of  splendid  land.  His  farming 
is  general  in  character  and  he  gives  much  attention  to  stock  raising.  Nearly 
all  of  the  buildings  and  improvements  on  his  fann  have  been  put  there  by  him- 
self.    In  religion  he  adheres  to  the  Lutheran  faith  of  his  fathers. 

Jacob  Shroeder  was  married  in  1891  to  Aup'usta  Blunk.  a  native  of 
Germany,  She  has  borne  to  him  four  children,  Hugo,  Laura,  Freda  and 
Matilda.  Mrs.  Schroeder  died  in  1898,  and  Mr.  Schroeder  was  married  in 
1 90 1  to  Mrs.  Mary  Erbs,  of  Clinton  county,  by  whom  he  is  the  father  of  one 
child,  Willie. 

Mr.  Schroeder  is  much  respected  by  those  who  know  him,  as  a  man  of 
good  judgment  and  reasoning  powers,  and  a  successful  farmer,  while  his  oblig- 
ing nature  has  made  for  him  many  friends. 


JOHN  W.  SIMON. 


Success  has  been  worthily  attained  by  John  W.  Simon,  of  Center  township, 
Clinton  county,  for  he  has  led  an  active  and  useful  life  along  lines  that  seldom 
fail  to  win  the  goal  sought.  He  was  born  on  July  23,  1869,  in  this  county,  and 
is  the  son  of  George  and  Mary  Simon,  natives  of  Lincolnshire,  England,  where 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  907 

thev  grew  to  maturity  and  were  educated.  From  that  country  they  came  to 
America  in  1851.  locating  in  Illinois,  where  they  remained  for  a  few  months, 
then  moved  to  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  and  bought  a  farm  near  Low  Moor, 
which  he  sold  after  a  residence  of  two  years  and  purchased  other  land  nearby. 
He  soon  traded  this  for  the  farm  on  which  his  son,  John  W.  of  this  review,  now 
resides  and  there  the  elder  Simon  and  his  wife  spent  the  remainder  of  their 
days,  the  father  dying  on  November  21.  1906,  at  the  age  of  seventy-eight  years, 
the  mother  having  passed  away  in  1S99.  at  the  age  of  seventy-one  years,  and 
they  are  both  buried  at  the  Elvira  cemetery.  The  first  farm  which  Mr.  Simon 
purchased  consisted  of  eighty  acres  and  to  this  he  added  thirty-six  acres  in 
section  12,  Center  township,  and  he  became  a  well-known  farmer  and  stock 
man.  He  fed  many  cattle  for  the  market,  kept  his  farm  well  improved  and 
was  very  successful.  He  became  well  known  and  was  highly  respected  among 
the  early  settlers  of  this  county.  He  and  his  wife  were  members  of  the  Meth- 
odist church,  and  they  were  the  parents  of  eight  children,  two  of  whom  died  in 
early  life;  Robert  W.  also  is  deceased;  those  living  are  Mary,  wife  of  F.  Hes- 
kett,  of  Kansas;  Lizzie,  of  Lincoln  township,  the  wife  of  Robert  Bray;  Ellen 
Simon.  Bessie  Simmons  and  John  Simon. 

John  Simon,  of  this  review,  received  a  good  education,  first  attending  the 
common  schools,  then  the  Clinton  Business  College,  also  the  normal  school  at 
Fulton.  He  was  married  on  February  14,  1906,  to  Nettie  Thomas,  daughter 
of  William  and  Eliza  Thomas,  of  this  county.  Her  parents  were  natives  of 
Wales  and  they  came  to  America  in  1870,  with  their  parents,  who  later  located 
in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  they  were  married  in  1874.  They  were  members 
of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church.  The  father  has  devoted  his  life  to  farming 
and  he  and  his  wife  are  both  living.  They  are  the  parents  of  four  children. 
Mrs.  Simon  was  born  August  3,  1877. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Simon  began  their  married  life  on  the  farm  where  they  now 
reside,  the  old  family  homestead,  which  Mr.  Simon  purchased  from  his  father. 
It  consists  of  two  hundred  and  forty  acres  and  is  one  of  the  most  desirable 
farms  in  this  locality.  He  has  made  many  improvements  and  has  kept  it  in 
first  class  condition  in  every  respect.  He  has  a  cozy  and  attractive  home,  car- 
ries on  general  farming  and  stock  raising  and  feeds  a  great  many  cattle,  being 
regarded  as  one  of  the  leading  farmers  and  stock  men  in  his  community.  He 
is  a  public  spirited  man,  is  well  posted  on  current  events  and  employs  all  modern 
methods  in  farming,  being  very  successful. 

The  following  children  have  been  born  to  ]\Ir.  and  Mrs.  Simon :  Marie 
Elizabeth,  born  February  10,  1907;  Edith  May,  born  December  4,  1907;  Ethel 
Fay,  born  the  same  date,  being  a  twin  of  Edith  May;  Robert  William,  born 
May  28,  1909. 


•908  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

ARTHUR  WOOD  BLUNT,  M.  D. 

In  time  of  sickness  and  need  the  ph3^sician  is  the  closest  friend  to  his 
brother  man.  He,  even  more  than  members  of  any  other  profession,  has  an 
opportunity  to  do  real  good,  in  relieving  actual  physical  pain  and  suffering. 
The  troubles  which  he  heals  are  of  a  different  class  from  those  which  the 
lawyer  and  minister  find  it  their  province  to  mitigate,  and  are  of  a  more  sub- 
stantial and  intimate  nature.  He  alone  of  all  has  the  power  to  stay  the  hand 
of  death  and  prolong  the  number  of  our  earthly  years. 

Arthur  Wood  Blunt  was  born  in  Dalton,  Georgia,  July  30,  1854,  the 
son  of  John  E.  and  Augusta  (Wood)  Blunt.  His  paternal  grandfather,  A. 
E.  Blunt,  was  a  native  of  New  Hampshire,  his  wife  of  Connecticut.  They 
moved  South  in  an  early  day  to  Dalton,  Georgia,  where  Mr.  Blunt  engaged  in 
the  mercantile  business.  Doctor  Blunt's  father  married  in  Newburyport, 
Massachusetts,  and  went  to  Georgia,  to  practice  his  chosen  profession,  that  of 
c'v:l\  engineer.  Coming  north  at  the  breaking  out  of  the  war,  he  moved  to 
Wisconsin  and  was  engaged  in  the  employ  of  what  was  then  the  Old  Galena 
&  Chicago  Union  railway  which  soon  became  a  part  of  the  Chicago  &  North- 
western railway  system.  He  continued  in  their  employ  until  two  years  ago, 
when  having  given  his  time  and  attention  to  the  railroad  work  for  a  period 
of  forty-eight  years  and  rising  to  the  position  of  consulting  engineer,  he  was 
retired  on  a  pension.  He  still  resides  at  Evanston,  Illinois.  He  was  the 
father  of  six  children,  one  of  whom  is  the  vice-president  of  the  Merchant's 
Loan  and  Trust  Company  of  Chicago.  All  of  the  children  except  one  are  now 
living. 

Doctor  Blunt  was  educated  at  Wheaton  College,  Illinois,  receiving  his 
Bnrhelor  of  Arts  deeree  in  1873.  ^"^^  his  Master  of  Arts  degree  in  1876.  He 
then  entered  the  Chicago  Homeopathic  College  and  graduated  in  1878.  For 
a  time  he  was  house  physician  in  the  Homeopathic  Hospital,  then  spent  two 
years  in  Winona,  Minnesota.  He  came  to  Clinton,  May  i,  188 1,  where  he 
has  remained  in  practice  ever  since.  He  is  now  the  longest  resident  physician 
in  Clinton.  His  practice  has  been  extensive  and  successful.  In  politics  he 
is  a  progressive  Republican.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Woodmen  of  the  World, 
the  Royal  Arcanum,  the  American  Institute  of  Homeopathy  and  the  Hahne- 
mann Medical  Association  of  Iowa  and  secretary  of  the  Rock  River  Institute 
of  Homeopathy.  He  is  also  a  member  of  the  staff  of  Agatha  Hospital  of 
Clinton.  The  Congregationalist  church  includes  the  Doctor  and  his  wife 
among  its  members. 

Doctor  Blunt  was  married  on  October  4,  1883,  to  Alice  A.  Mullett,  a 


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native  of  Indiana,  who  has  borne  to  him  two  children,  Eugenia  and  Valeria. 
He  is  a  man  of  splendid  personal  character,  broad  culture  and  liberal  educa- 
tion. He  has  kept  up  with  the  latest  advances  in  the  school  of  medicine  to 
which  he  belongs  and  stands  high  among  his  professional  associates.  He  is 
possessed  of  the  traits  of  character  which  gain  and  keep  friends,  and  is  much 
esteemed  generally,  both  at  home  and  abroad. 


CHAUNCEY  SPENCER  HARRINGTON. 

The  life  portrayed  under  the  present  heading  shows  plainly  the  oppor- 
tunities which  the  farm  affords,  and  shows  that  there  one  may  pass  as  useful 
and  pleasant  a  life  as  at  any  other  place  or  in  any  other  occupation  and  may 
be  as  successful  there  as  anywhere  else,  whether  success  be  measured  by  the 
amount  of  property  accumulated  or  the  character  which  a  man  builds.  Farm- 
ing leads  into  other  allied  businesses  often,  as  in  the  case  of  Mr.  Harrington, 
and  many  of  the  most  successful  business  men  in  the  smaller  towns  and  cities 
have  passed  the  earlier  portion  of  their  lives  in  farming. 

Chauncey  Spencer  Harrington  was  born  in  Otsego  county.  New  York, 
October  lo,  1830,  son  of  Stukely  and  Elizabeth  Harrington.  (For  their  his- 
tory see  sketch  of  Andrew  L.  Harrington.)  His  boyhood  was  little  different 
from  that  of  most  farm  boys,  and  was  spent  in  attending  the  schools  of  his 
township  in  the  winter  and  working  in  the  summers.  As  a  young  man  he  took 
up  farming  and  was  also  concerned  in  lumbering  operations  in  his  home 
county.  On  October  5.  1866,  he  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  to  which  his 
parents  and  brother  had  preceded  him.  Here  he  was  very  extensively  en- 
gaged in  farming,  and  also  was  a  large  grain  dealer.  He  owns  five  hundred 
and  fifty-seven  acres  of  good  farm  land  in  Clinton  county  and  other  property 
in  De  Witt,  and  in  his  days  of  activity  was  reckoned  as  one  of  the  best  farmers 
in  the  county.  He  is  also  a  business  man  of  rare  judgment.  In  politics  he 
was  a  Democrat  before  the  formation  of  the  Republican  party,  but  was  after- 
wards a  member  of  the  latter  party,  and,  while  taking  a  becoming  activity  in 
politics,  has  never  cared  for  office.  He  is  a  member  of  Right  Hand  Lodge  No. 
281,  Ancient  Free  and  Accepted  Masons;  of  Kilwimming  Chapter  No.  56, 
Royal  Arch  Masons;  of  Holy  Cross  Commandery  No.  10,  Knights  Templar, 
and  of  the  thirty-second  degree  in  Clinton  Lodge,  DeMolay  Consistory,  of 


910  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Clinton,  Iowa.  He  has  always  taken  great  interest  in  things  Masonic  and  has 
exemphfied  its  teachings  in  his  Hfe. 

Mr.  Harrington  was  married  on  December  25,  1855,  in  Genesee  county, 
New  York,  to  May  Comstock,  daughter  of  Gideon  Comstock,  who  died  in 
New  York.  Mrs.  Harrington  died  August  19,  1907,  after  having  been  a 
faithful  wife  for  nearly  fifty-two  years.  Mr.  Harrington  has  now  retired 
from  active  business. 

He  can  look  back  over  a  life  of  more  than  usual  achievement  and  worth. 
He  is  a  man  the  worth  of  whose  character  is  unquestioned,  and  one  whose 
neighbors  speak  of  only  in  the  highest  terms.  Such  citizens  the  county  can 
well  be  proud  of. 


WILLIAM  NEWMARCH. 

An  industrious  and  substantial  farmer  of  Eden  township,  Clinton  county, 
is  William  Newmarch,  who  owes  his  birth  and  kindred  to  the  great,  historic 
and  romantic  "merrie  isle,"  our  sister  country  across  the  deep  and  dark  blue 
Atlantic.  He  is  English  by  birth  and  descent  and  is  the  possessor  of  the  many 
sterling  characteristics  commonly  attributed  to  the  people  of  that  country. 
By  adoption  he  is  an  xA.merican  citizen,  sturdy  and  progressive,  whose  life  of 
nearly  a  quarter  of  a  century  in  this  locality  has  won  him  the  respect  of  his 
neighbors  and  an  excellent  landed  property. 

Mr.  Newmarch  was  born  on  November  30,  1848,  in  Lincolnshire,  Eng- 
land, and  he  is  the  son  of  George  and  Susanna  Newmarch,  both  born,  reared 
and  educated  in  England,  and  they  spent  their  lives  in  their  home  country. 
The  father  was  born  on  April  i,  1824,  and  his  death  occurred  on  June  i,  1898; 
the  mother  was  born  on  May  10,  1819,  and  died  December  9,  1896.  They  were 
the  parents  of  seven  children,  namely:  Mar}^  born  April  9.  1847:  William,  of 
this  review;  Charles,  born  August  25,  1850;  Susanna,  born  February  20,  185 1  ; 
Eliza,  born  December  16,  1853;  George,  born  February  18,  1856.  They  are 
all  living  except  George. 

William  Newmarch  grew  to  maturity  in  his  native  land  and  was  educated 
there.  When  a  young  man  he  conceived  the  idea  of  making  his  home  in 
America,  having  heard  of  the  excellent  opportunities  that  are  open  to  every 
one  here,  and  accordingly  he  emigrated  to  our  shores  in  1886,  reaching  here 
in  June  of  that  year,  coming  to  Low  Moor,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  where  he 
remained  two  months,  then  located  in  Elvira,  where  he  remained  six  years; 
he  then  moved  to  Goose  Lake,  where  he  remained  three  years,  then  moved 
back  to  Eden  township  and  lived  upon  the  farm  owned  by  Ben  Dannett,  for 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  9 II 

six  years.  Then  in  1900  Mr.  Newmarch  purchased  the  Humphrey  Bowhers 
farm  of  two  hundred  and  thirty-four  acres,  lying  in  a  fertile  section  of  the 
county  west  of  Low  Moor  two  miles,  and  he  has  since  resided  here.  He  has 
engaged  in  general  farming  and  stock  raising  in  a  manner  that  indicates  that 
he  is  a  gentleman  of  good  judgment  and  management,  and  he  has  laid  by  a 
competency  for  his  old  age,  having  one  of  the  best  farms  in  the  tow^iship  in 
every  respect.  He  keeps  some  excellent  live  stock  of  various  kinds,  which, 
owing  to  their  excellent  ciuality,  find  a  very  ready  market  when  he  ofifers  them 
for  sale.  He  feeds  for  the  market  each  year.  He  has  an  attractive  and 
pleasant  home  and  he  built  a  large  and  convenient  barn  and  has  added  many 
other  modern  improvements  on  his  farm. 

Mr.  Newmarch  takes  much  interest  in  the  affairs  of  his  community  and 
he  has  been  school  director  and  president  of  the  local  school  board  for  a  period 
of  three  years,  w^hich  position  he  filled  very  creditably  and  acceptably.  Fra- 
ternally, he  belongs  to  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows.  He  and  his 
wife  are  members  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church,  of  which  he  is  a  trustee 
and  steward  and  a  liberal  supporter  of  the  same. 

]\Ir.  Newmarch  was  married  in  November,  1861,  to  Betsy  Hack  ford, 
daughter  of  William  and  Elizabeth  Hackford,  natives  of  England.  Her 
death  occurred  on  January  15,  191 1,  and  she  was  buried  in  the  cemetery  at 
Camanche.  She  was  highly  respected  and  her  funeral  was  attended  by  the 
lodges  of  Odd  Fellows  and  Rebekahs  as  a  mark  of  esteem. 

Mrs.  Newmarch's  parents  had  eight  children,  of  whom  three  are  living. 
The  mother  is  living  in  England,  having  attained  the  remarkable  age  of  ninety- 
two  years.  Seven  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Newmarch,  of 
whom  three  are  living,  namely:  Walter,  born  on  September  18,  1873,  married 
Jemima  Pearson  and  they  have  five  children,  Lester,  Clarence,  Bernett, 
William  and  Mabel.  Walter  Newmarch  lives  upon  his  farm  of  one  hundred 
and  sixty  acres  near  Malone,  this  county.  Fannie  Newmarch,  born  March  i, 
1886,  is  the  wife  of  H.  W.  Galitz,  of  South  Dakota,  and  they  are  the  parents 
of  four  children,  William  F.,  Vera  G.,  Alice  and  Fern.  George  William  New- 
march,  born  September  22,  1887,  manages  his  father's  farm.  The  deceased 
children  are  Eliza  Ann,  born  March  29,  1871  ;  John  W.,  born  September  10, 
1872;  Anther,  born  July  29,  1882,  and  May,  born  May  23,  1890,  all  of  whom 
died  when  young. 

The  parents  of  these  children  moved  to  Low  Moor  in  1907.  where  they 
bought  a  good  and  cozy  home  and  are  now  living  retired,  surrounded  by 
plenty  as  a  result  of  their  former  years  of  industry  and  economy.  They  are 
highly  respected  and  have  a  host  of  warm  personal  friends,  owing  to  the  fact 
that  they  have  lived  upright  and  kindly  lives. 


912  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

JUDGE  PATRICK  B.  WOLFE. 

The  present  review  is  concerned  with  the  life  of  a  man  whose  character 
and  abihtv  are.  by  reason  of  his  long  and  honorable  connection  with  the 
practice  of  law,  well  known  to  the  people  of  Clinton  county  and  of  the  state 
of  Iowa,  and  whose  extensive  familiarity  with  his  own  county  made  him 
especially  fitted  to  serve  as  editor-in-chief  of  the  histoiy  of  Clinton  county. 

Patrick  B.  Wolfe  was  born  in  Chicago,  Illinois,  on  October  7,  1848,  the 
son  of  John  R.  and  Honora  (Buckley)  Wolfe.  John  R.  Wolfe  was  born  in 
county  Kerry.  Ireland,  in  1824,  the  son  of  Richard  Wolfe,  who  was  the  agent 
having  charge  of  the  property  of  the  Knight  of  Kerry.  He  received  an  ex- 
cellent education.  During  his  young  manhood  he  helped  to  organize  the 
"Young  Ireland"  party.  He  left  Ireland  in  1848,  coming  to  America,  first 
locating  at  Ottawa,  Illinois.  Here  he  remained  on  a  farm  until  1854,  when 
he  moved  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  to  land  near  Lost  Nation,  which  he  had 
entered  the  winter  before,  and  lived  there  until  his  death  in  1885,  becoming 
one  of  the  largest  landholders  and  most  successful  farmers  of  his  township. 
Mr.  Wolfe  did  not  take  any  great  interest  in  politics.  He  was  opposed  to 
slavery.  In  religion  he  and  his  entire  family  'were  stanch  Catholics,  and  active 
workers  in  the  church. 

John  R.  Wolfe  was  married  in  Ireland  to  Honora  Buckley.  She  was  a 
member  of  a  family  prominent  in  the  church  and  at  the  bar,  Michael  Buckley, 
her  brother,  having  been  the  leader  of  the  Belfast  bar  for  many  years.  The 
Wolfe  family  were  also  prominent  in  the  church  and  in  law,  so  that  it  was 
natural  for  the  American  descendants  to  turn  to  the  bar  in  choice  of  a  pro- 
fession.    Mrs.  Wolfe  died  in  1888. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wolfe  were  the  parents  of  ten  children,  two  of 
whom  died  in  infancy,  and  those  who  grew  to  maturity  are  the  following: 
James,  a  farmer  near  Lost  Nation;  Patrick  B. ;  Johanna,  who  is  now  Sister 
Scholastica  of  the  Order  of  Sisters  of  Mercy  at  Sioux  City,  Iowa;  John,  a 
farmer  at  Melrose,  Monroe  county,  Iowa;  Maurice,  a  farmer  near  Lost  Na- 
tion ;  Margaret,  now  the  wife  of  Dr.  D.  Langan,  of  Clinton ;  Katherine,  the 
widow  of  Judge  T.  D.  Fitzgerald,  of  Montana,  at  one  time  president  of  the 
Montana  Senate,  nov,-  living  in  Clinton;  and  Richard  B.,  an  attorney  at  De 
Witt.  Clinton  county,  Iowa. 

Patrick  B.  Wolfe  attended  the  common  schools  of  Liberty  township, 
Clinton  county,  for  a  time,  then  spent  one  year  in  the  Christian  Brothers 
Academy  at  La  Salle.  Illinois.  He  was  a  student  in  the  academic  department 
of  Iowa  State  University  for  two  years,  then  took  a  full  law  course  from  that 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  9I3 

institution,  graduating  with  the  degree  of  Bachelor  of  Laws  in  1870. 
In  January,  1871,  he  began  the  practice  of  law  at  De  Witt,  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  and  for  a  few  years  suffered  the  proverbial  hardships  of  the  young 
lawyer,  but  soon  came  into  an  extensive  practice.  In  1877  he  formed  a  part- 
nership with  W.  A.  Cotton,  under  the  name  of  Cotton  &  Wolfe,  which  con- 
tinued until  1888.  For  four  }-ears  he  served  as  attorney  for  the  town  of  De 
Witt,  and  was  a  member  of  the  De  Witt  school  board  for  fifteen  years.  In 
1885  he  was  elected  to  the  Iowa  Senate,  and  served  three  sessions,  resigning 
from  his  position  in  October.  1891,  when  he  was  appointed  judge  of  the  dis- 
trict court  for  the  seventh  judicial  district,  holding  his  first  term  of  court  in 
November  of  1891.  He  served  on  the  bench  until  September  i,  1904,  when 
he  resigned  to  form  a  partnership  in  the  practice  of  law  with  his  son.  It  is  a 
unique  fact  that  Judge  Wolfe  has  resigned  from  every  public  office  which  he 
has  held.  In  1899  he  was  nominated  for  judge  of  the  supreme  court  of  the 
state  of  Iowa,  and  was  defeated  by  a  close  margin.  He  is  again  a  candidate 
in  1910.  His  law  office  was  moved  from  De  Witt  to  Clinton  in  May,  1891, 
and  his  residence  was  transferred  in  1893.  ]\Ir.  Wolfe  was  a  member  of  the 
public  library  board  of  the  city  of  Clinton. 

Mr.  Wolfe  was  married  on  May  i,  1878,  to  Margaret  Connole,  the 
daughter  of  Thomas  and  Hannah  (Malone)  Connole,  who  came  from  Ire- 
land and  located  in  De  Witt.  To  this  union  three  children  were  born.  John 
L.  Wolfe  was  born  in  1879;  graduated  from  the  Clinton  high  school;  took 
the  classical  course  at  St.  Mary's  College  in  Kansas,  graduating  with  the 
degree  of  Bachelor  of  Arts;  took  a  post-graduate  course  in  Georgetown  Uni- 
versity, Washington,  D.  C,  receiving  there  his  Master  of  x\rts  degree,  and 
then  took  the  law  course  there,  and  received  the  degree  of  Bachelor  of  Laws. 
He  spent  a  year  in  the  University  of  Berlin,  Germany,  and  in  1904  entered 
into  partnership  with  his  father.  He  is  now  serving  on  his  second  term  as 
a  representative  in  the  lower  house  of  the  Iowa  General  Assembly.  Mary 
Wolfe  was  born  on  June  2/,  1881,  and  is  a  graduate  of  Sinsiniwa  College, 
of  Wisconsin,  and  Trinity  College,  in  Washington.  D.  C.  One  child  died 
in  infancy. 


FRANK  SLAPNICKA. 

Although  Frank  Slapnicka,  a  farmer  of  the  vicinity  of  Low  Moor,  Eden 
township,  Clinton  county,  was  born  in  Bohemia,  he  is  not  a  "bohemian''  as  the 

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914  CLINTON    COUNTYj    IOWA. 

word  is  frequently  used  in  America,  meaning  primarily  an  idler,  dreamer,  easy- 
going fellow,  for  he  has  shown  by  his  life  of  persistent  industry  that  he  is  a 
man  who  believes  in  doing  things  and  in  doing  them  well ;  he  has  left  nothing 
undone  whereby  he  might  advance  his  interests  and  that  of  his  family  and 
therefore  he  has  succeeded,  and  now  has  a  good  farm  and  comfortable  home. 

Mr.  Slapnicka's  birth  occurred  on  November  11,  1867,  in  Bohemia,  as 
stated  above,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Antone  and  Barbara  Slapnicka,  who  came 
to  America  with  their  five  children  in  1868,  locating  in  Stevenson  county, 
Illinois.  The  father  was  a  carpenter  and  cabinetmaker  by  trade  and  he  worked 
at  the  same  after  coming  to  this  country.  In  1870  he  moved  to  Jackson 
county,  Iowa.  In  1887  ^^^  located  in  Woodberry  county  and  there  spent  the 
remainder  of  his  days,  dying  in  December,  1892,  at  the  age  of  seventy-seven 
years.  The  mother  survived  him  ten  years,  dying  in  June,  1902.  They  were 
members  of  the  Catholic  church,  and  their  family  consisted  of  seven  children, 
of  whom  four  are  living,  namely :  Nolbert,  of  North  Dakota ;  Josephine  is  the 
wife  of  John  Scherer,  living  in  Illinois;  Rosa  is  the  wife  of  W.  B.  Potter,  of 
North  Dakota,  and  Frank,  of  this  review ;  the  deceased  are,  Agnes,  who  died 
young;  Rudolph,  who  died  in  January,  1883,  at  the  age  of  thirty-two  years; 
John,  who  died  in  January,  1893,  ^^  the  age  of  thirty-three  years. 

Frank  Slapnicka  was  thrown  on  his  own  resources  when  veiy  young,  in 
fact,  he  started  out  in  life  for  himself  at  the  age  of  eleven  years,  and  for  eigh- 
teen years  he  worked  as  a  farm  hand.  This  early  experience,  although  not 
altogether  pleasant,  was  good  discipline  and  he  was  economical,  saved  his 
money  and  at  the  age  of  twenty-eight  he  was  enabled  to  buy  a  farm  of  one 
hundred  and  sixty  acres  at  forty-two  dollars  per  acre.  He  has  prospered  by 
reason  of  good  management  and  has  added  to  his  original  purchase  until  he 
now  owns  an  excellent  farm  of  two  hundred  and  eighty  acres,  which  he  has 
placed  under  excellent  improvements.  In  1907  and  1908  he  built  a  modern, 
spacious  and  attractive  residence  and  substantial  and  convenient  barn,  the 
latter  being  one  of  the  best  in  the  county,  in  fact  everything  about  his  place 
shows  thrift  and  good  management.  He  carries  on  general  farming  on  an 
extensive  scale  and  devotes  a  great  deal  of  time  to  his  live  stock,  of  which 
he  keeps  a  good  grade  of  all  kinds.  He  is  conservative,  painstaking,  plans 
well  and  is  careful  to  execute  his  plans  in  a  manner  that  will  bring  the  re- 
sults sought.  He  is  certainly  deserving  of  much  credit  for  the  ample  com- 
petency he  has  acquired,  considering  the  discouraging  situations  that  faced 
him  in  his  youth.  He  is  one  of  the  substantial  and  leading  citizens  of  Eden 
township. 

Mr,  Slapnicka  was  married  on  March  24,  1897,  to  Louisa  B.  Pelham, 
daughter  of  Cyrenus  and  Charlotte  Pelham,  of  this  county,  Mr.  Pelham  hav- 


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ing  come  to  Clinton  county  with  his  parents  in  the  early  settlement  of  the  same, 
and  he  is  a  well  known  and  successful  citizen.  Mr.  Pelham's  family  consists 
of  five  children,  of  whom  four  are  living,  namely:  Roy,  of  DeWitt,  Iowa; 
Orie,  wife  of  C.  Toba,  of  Scott  county,  Iowa;  Deane.  living  in  this  county; 
Elmer,  deceased,  and  Louise  B..  wife  of  Mr.  Slapnicka.  .  Mr.  Pelham  is  a 
member  of  the  Masonic  order.     His  wife  is  also  still  living. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Slapnicka  began  their  married  life  on  their  present  farm. 
They  are  the  parents  of  four  children:  Rose  L..  born  April  29,  1898;  Alay- 
nard,  born  February  4,  1901 ;  Margery,  born  January  2,  1904;  Marion,  born 
October  6,   1907. 


CORNELIUS  H.  PELHAM. 

Each  community  has  its  own  special  individuality  that  gives  strength  of 
character  and  builds  for  it  a  historical  superstructure  that  makes  the  written 
pages  of  record  interesting  and  stamps  the  people  who  come  into  the  public 
notice  with  a  peculiar  place  in  the  epochs  of  every-day  transactions. 

Cornelius  H.  Pelham  was  born  at  Malone.  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  July  30, 
1874,  and  is  the  son  of  Henr\^  P.  and  Margaret  (Dawson)  Pelham.  His 
father  came  to  this  county  in  1855  from  Xew  York  state,  of  which  they  were 
natives. 

The  father's  paternal  great-grandfather  was  of  English  descent  and  once 
owned  a  portion  of  land  where  New  York  city  now  stands.  His  career  was 
brought  to  an  untimely  end  by  being  killed  in  the  Revolutionary  war  while 
protecting  his  property,  he  receiving  seven  bullets  in  his  body  at  the  hands  of 
British  soldiers.  The  father's  grandparent,  Henry  Pelham,  was  married  to 
Margaret  Gray,  a  descendant  of  the  Pilgrim  fathers,  who  located  on  a  farm 
in  Greene  county,  New  York.  He  died  January  23,  1843,  'i"'^^  ^^'^^  survived 
by  eight  children,  four  sons  and  four  daughters.  Cynenus  Pelham,  the  grand- 
father of  the  subject,  was  l^orn  in  that  county.  February  2,  1790,  being  one 
of  eight  children  all  of  whom  lived  to  be  over  eighty  years  old.  In  early  life 
he  was  one  who  had  the  privilege  of  seeing  the  first  steamboat  on  the  Hudson 
river.  The  grandfather  married  Melinda  Stratton,  of  Delaware  county.  New 
York,  and  came  to  Lyons  and  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1855,  the  year  Clinton 
was  laid  out.  In  1857  he  purchased  land  in  Eden  township  which  he  improved, 
making  this  his  home.  He  died  in  1890,  at  the  age  of  eighty-three.  The 
deatli  of  his  wife  occurred  in  1871,  at  the  age  of  sixty-five  years. 


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■  The  father  was  seventeen  years  old  when  he  came  to  this  country  and 
worked  on  the  farm.  He  graduated  in  the  common  schools  and  was  married 
October  19,  1873.  to  Mrs.  Margaret  Gibson,  who  was  twice  married  and  by 
her  first  marriage  had  two  daughters,  Eva  M.,  wife  of  M.  Dann,  and  Nellie, 
wife  of  Thomas  Clement.  By  her  second  marriage  she  has  become  the  mother 
of  four  children,  Cornelius,  Jay  W.,  Rolla  E.  and  Bruce  L.,  all  living.  Mrs. 
Pelham  died  on  July  17,  1901,  and  was  buried  at  Cherry  wood  cemetery.  His 
father  is  at  present  living  on  the  farm,  sixty  acres  of  which  w^as  his  first  pur- 
chase. He  has  three  hundred  and  eighty  acres  of  well  improved  land,  which 
under  his  industry  and  able  management  has  become  one  of  the  best  farms  in 
that  vicinity. 

Politically,  Mr.  Pelham  was  a  Republican  and  cast  his  first  vote  for 
Lincoln  for  President.  He  filled  acceptably  the  offices  of  justice  of  the  peace 
and  township  clerk  and  was  a  member  of  the  school  board  for  twenty-five 
years,  showing  that  the  people  had  confidence  in  him  as  an  educational  worker. 

Cornelius  Pelham  received  a  common  school  education  and  was  united 
in  marriage  to  Daisy  D.  Duke,  daughter  of  Mathew  and  Rebecca  Duke,  of  this 
county,  on  October  27,  1887.  Mr.  Duke  w-as  a  farmer,  being,  one  of  the 
pioneers  of  this  county.  He  was  well  known  and  noted  as  a  public  spirited 
citizen.  He  was  the  father  of  five  children,  namely  :  Lucy,  Ida,  George,  Daisy 
and  Arthur.  Two  children  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Pelham :  Arthur,  on 
the  26th  of  October,  1899,  and  Nyrol,  born  June  18,  1908.  Mr.  Pelham  be- 
longs to  the  Baptist  church  and  his  wife  affiliates  with  the  Congregational. 
Politically  he  is  a  Republican. 

As  was  the  case  with  others.  Cornelius  Pelham  was  obliged  to  begin  mar- 
ried life  on  a  rented  farm,  but  after  years  of  toil  and  successful  management 
he  moved,  on  his  present  farm  of  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  on  section 
17.  Eden  township,  devoting  his  attention  to  agricultural  pursuits  and  stock 
raising  in  which  he  is  very  successful. 


PEDER  INGEBRIGTHSEN. 

The  subject  of  this  sketch  stands  in  the  front  rank  of  successful  men 
in  his  township,  having  worked  his  own  Way  to  this  position.  The  time  and 
labor  spent  on  his  farm  have  proportionately  rewarded  him,  until  now  he  can 
spend  the  remainder  of  his  life  surrounded  by  substantial  comforts,  enjoying 
the  confidence,  respect  and  esteem  of  those  who  know  him. 


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-  ■  Peder  Ingebrigthsen  was  born  near  Bergen,  Norway,  June  i6,  1850,  son 
of  Ingebr.igth  and  Anna  (Petersen)  Ingebrigthsen.  His  father  died  in 
Norway,  and  his  wife  and  family  came  to  CHnton  county,  Iowa,  about  1888 
and  she  died  at  the  age  of  eighty-six,  in  1910,  in  Minnesota  and  was  buried 
near  Truman,  that  state.  Peder  was  one  of  a  family  of  nine,  seven  of  whom 
are  living.  His  father  and  the  entire  family  were  members  of  the  Lutheran 
church.  Peder  grew  up  on  a  farm  in  Norway,  and  was  there  educated.  He 
came  to  Clinton  county,  July  4,  1869,  and  began  farming,  buying  one  hundred 
twenty  acres  in  Olive  township,  to  which  he  has  since  added  forty  more.  He 
has  spent  his  life  in  general  farming  and  stock  raising,  and  was  well  rewarded 
for  the  application  which  he  showed.  In  1906  he  came  to  Grand  Mound  and 
built  a  fine,  handsome  residence,  one  of  the  most  modern  and  best  in  the  town. 
Here  he  has  since  lived  retired.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  was  for 
one  term  of  three  years  trustee  of  his  township.  He  and  his  family  are 
Lutherans.  He  was  also  president  for  nine  years  in  Olive  township  and 
served  on  the  school  board  for  fourteen  years. 

Mr.  Ingebrigthsen  was  married  on  March  25,  1875,  to  Anna  H.  Mal- 
manger,  who  was  born  in  Norway,  daughter  of  Hans  T.  and  Inger  (John- 
son) Malmanger,  who  came  to  Clinton  county  in  i860,  and  died  there.  To 
their  union  have  been  born  nine  children :  Annie,  wife  of  Albin  Westland, 
of  Davenport;  Hans,  deceased;  Ingelena,  wife  of  C.  Nelson,  of  Olive  town- 
ship, living  on  his  father-in-law's  farm ;  Hans,  a  graduate  of  Luther  Academy, 
Albert  Lea,  Minnesota,  and  a  student  of  Ames  College,  Iowa,  where  he  is 
still  attending;  Irene,  wife  of  John  Wagner,  of  Olive  township,  a  farmer; 
Trena.  wife  of  Bryngel  Oleson,  of  Albert  Lea,  Minnesota,  teacher  in  the 
commercial  department  of  Luther  Academy ;  Peder,  deceased ;  one  who  died 
in  infancy;  and  Grace,  at  home,  still  attending  school  at  Grand  Mound. 

Peder  Ingebrigthsen  is  a  man  who  has  many  friends,  and  is  especially 
popular  among  those  of  his  own  nationality.  He  is  a  man  of  strong  and 
sterling  character. 


GEORGE  P.  KISTNER. 

The  old  Keystone  state  has  sent  many  of  its  best  and  most  enterprising 
citizens  into  the  newer  western  states  and,  as  a  rule,  they  hive  performd  a 
very  commendable  work  in  transforming  the  raw  country  into  districts  of 
prosperity  and  beauty,  for  they  are  by  nature  people  of  industry,  coming  from 


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thrifty  ancestors — the  type  that  forms  the  bone  and  sinew  of  our  republic — 
and  they  are  regarded  as  most  welcomed  newcomers  wherever  they  settle. 
One  such  is  George  P.  Kistner,  a  prosperous  farmer  of  Eden  township,  Clin- 
ton county,  Iowa.     He  was  born  in  Lycoming  county,  Pennsylvania,  July  15, 

1849,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Charles  and  Hannah  (Ulsh)  Kistner,  the  father 
born  in  Berks  county,  Pennsylvania,  in  1821  and  resided  there  until  1842,  when 
he  moved  to  Lycoming  county  and  there  he  was  married  in  1845.     I"  June, 

1850.  he  crossed  the  Mississippi  river  at  Camanche,  and  the  same  year  he  pur- 
chased a  tract  of  land,  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres,  in  Eden  township,  then 
returned  to  Pennsylvania,  where  he  remained  two  years.  Mr.  Kistner  was  a 
carpenter  by  trade,  which  he  followed  prior  to  and  for  some  years  after  com- 
ing to  Iowa.  In  1857  he  built  a  dwelling  and  outbuildings  upon  his  land  here 
and  moved  upon  the  same,  on  which  he  resided  until  1870  when  he  moved  to 
Low  Moor  and  engaged  in  the  general  mercantile  business  for  a  number  of 
years.  He  then  moved  to  Louisiana  and  engaged  in  the  hotel  business. 
While  on  a  visit  to  his  daughter  in  Kansas  City,  Missouri,  he  was  taken  ill 
and  died  there,  having  attained  the  advanced  age  of  eighty-seven  years,  his 
wife  having  died  previously  in  Louisiana  at  the  age  of  eighty-two  years. 
They  were  members  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church.  The  elder  Kistner 
built  the  first  school  house  in  Eden  township  in  1856.  He  was  a  Republican 
in  politics.  His  home  was  in  the  path  of  the  famous  cyclone  of  June  3,  i860, 
and  his  house  on  his  farm  was  completely  demolished,  but  none  of  the  family 
were  seriously  hurt.  A  babe,  four  days  old,  that  was  lying  on  a  pillow,  was 
blown  into  the  yard,  and  found  a  few  hours  later,  asleep  on  the  pillow  under 
a  pile  of  debris,  not  even  wet  by  the  heavy  rain  that  followed  the  wind.  The 
first  floor  was  left  resting  on  the  foundation,  but  the  balance  of  the  house  was 
gone  and  a  horse  was  discovered  walking  around  in  the  cellar,  under  the  floor. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Charles  Kistner  were  the  parents  of  seven  children,  namely : 
Mary  C,  widow  of  William  Cary ;  Emmaline  C,  deceased,  was  Mrs.  John  Van 
Epps ;  Martin,  Charles,  Benjamin  (the  tornado  baby,  lived  three  years  after 
and  then  died  with  croup),  and  Nettie;  Harry,  of  Louisiana,  is  engaged  in  the 
mercantile  business. 

George  P.  Kistner,  of  this  review,  received  a  good  education  in  the  com- 
mon schools  and  spent  two  years  in  school  at  Mt.  Vernon.  On  January  9, 
1873,  he  was  married  in  Montgomery,  New  York,  to  Alice  Fralick,  daughter 
of  Elisha  and  Fannie  M.  (Vrooman)  Fralick,  who  came  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  in  1868  and  purchased  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land,  the  present 
home  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kistner,  and  since  1874  they  have  resided  on  the  farm, 
now  making  their  home  with  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kistner,  having  attained  the  ages 


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of  eighty-six  and  eighty-two  years  respectively.  They  are  members  of  the 
Alethodist  Episcopal  church  and  have  a  host  of  warm  friends  wherever  they 
are  known.     They  are  a  fine  old  couple  whom  tq  know  is  to  admire  and  respect. 

Air.  and  Mrs.  Kistner  began  their  married  life  in  the  state  of  New  York 
on  her  parents'  farm,  and  they  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1874  and  live 
on  her  father's  farm.  Mr.  Fralick  had  built  a  good  residence  on  the  same  ni 
1886;  it  was  then  one  of  the  best  farm  homes  in  the  county  and  is  still  well 
preserved.  ^^Ir.  Kistner  has  kept  his  place  well  improved  and  has  been  very 
successful  as  a  general  farmer  and  stock  raiser.  He  has  paid  particular  atten- 
tion to  the  breeding  and  raising  of  Holstein  cattle,  and  he  also  runs  a  dairy 
business,  shipping  his  cream  to  Davenport  where  it  finds  a  ver^^  ready  market. 
He  believes  from  years  of  experience  that  the  Holstein  cattle  are  the  best  for 
dairy  purposes. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kistner  are  both  representatives  of  old  settlers  of  this 
county,  the  very  best  people  in  the  county,  in  fact,  and  these  families  have  for 
several  generations  been  influential  in  the  life  of  this  community.  Mr.  and 
Mrs  Kistner  are  highly  respected  and  have  a  wide  circle  of  friends,  both  here 
and  in  the  state  of  Xew  York.  They  are  the  parents  of  two  children,  Nettie 
and  Fannie,  both  living  at  home;  the  former  taught  two  terms  of  school  in 
Dakota  very  acceptably. 


DANIEL  THOMPSON. 

A  native  of  Canada,  our  sister  nation,  the  young  giantess  of  the  north, 
of  wondrous  resources,  whose  wheatfields,  mines  and  lumber  camps  have 
drawn  to  her  many  of  the  strongest  and  most  courageous  of  our  citizens,  but 
who  in  return  has  sent  to  us  many  of  her  own  best  blood,  men  who  were  fitted 
to  cope  with  all  situations  of  life,  of  whom  the  man  whose  name  appears  above 
and  who  fills  a  highly  responsible  position  with  one  of  the  large  manufacturing 
plants  of  the  city,  is  an  eloquent  example. 

Daniel  Thompson  was  born  in  Canada,  August  12,  185 1,  the  son  of 
Donald  and  Mary  (Mclntyre)  Thompson,  native  Canadians  of  Scotch  descent. 
His  father  was  a  farmer  and  there  lived  and  died.  Of  his  ten  children,  five 
are  living.  Daniel  received  his  education  in  the  Canada  public  schools  and  in 
a  commercial  college.  He  came  to  the  United  States  in  1870  and  located  in 
Michigan,  where  he  took  up  bookkeeping.  He  continued  that  for  two  years, 
then  went  on  the  road  for  a  time,  later  entering  the  hardware  business  in  Mich- 
igan.    He  was  engaged  in  this  until  1895,  ^^''^^  then  entered  the  manufacture 


920  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

of  harness  at  Chicago.  About  five  years  later,  on  July  i,  1900,  he  came  to 
Clinton,  bought  stock  in  the  Clinton  Saddlery  Company,  and  was  elected  to 
the  position  of  secretary-treasurer,  which  he  still  holds.  Of  this  company  C. 
F.  Curtis  is  president;  C.  F.  Alden  was  vice-president  until  July  14,  1910, 
when  C.  E.  Goltman  was  elected  to  that  position. 

The  plant  is  located  at  No.  901  South  Third  street,  and  has  grown  in 
size  enormously.  At  present  it  employs  from  seventy-five  to  one  hundred  men. 
It  manufactures  harness  and  does  a  general  jobbing  business.  At  present  its 
shipping  covers  a  territory  extending  over  New"  York,  Indiana,  Michigan, 
Illinois,  Iowa,  Minnesota,  Dakota,  Wisconsin,  Nebraska,  Kansas  and  Missouri. 
When  Mr.  Thompson  came  here  the  factory  employed,  only  fifteen  to  twenty- 
five  men  and  the  volume  of  business  has  since  then  more  than  quadrupled. 
Much  of  this  increase  has  been  due  to  the  efforts  and  attention  which  Mr. 
Thompson  has  given  the  business.  Prospects  for  the  continued  increase  of 
operations  and  for  the  future  growth  of  the  plant  are  good.  Mr.  Thompson 
gives  his  attention  to  his  work  to  the  exclusion  of  outside  interests.  In  politics 
he  is  a  Republican,  and  held  various  municipal  offices  in  Ovid,  Michigan.  He 
is  a  member  of  the  Masonic  fraternity. 

Mr.  Thompson  was  married  on  June  10,  1870,  to  Sarah  Erb,  a  native  of 
Canada,  and  three  children  have  been  born  to  them.  Frank  is  in  the  factory 
with  his  father;  Minnie  lives  in  Minneapolis,"  and  Edna  is  teaching  mathe- 
matics in  the  Monmouth  high  school  at  Monmouth,  Illinois. 

Mr.  Thompson's  valuable  traits  of  character  have  won  for  him  the  friend- 
ship and  esteem  of  many.  He  is  a  thoroughly  equipped  business  man,  well 
fitted  for  positions  of  responsibility  and  management,  having  proved  his  capa- 
bility in  these  lines. 


B.  H.  A.  HENNINGSEN. 

B.  H.  A.  Henningsen  was  born  in  Schleswig,  Germany,  November  5, 
1826,  the  only  son  of  Peter  C.  and  Louise  (Jessen)  Henningsen;  his  mother 
died  when  he  was  only  five  years  old.  He  received  an  excellent  education 
in  the  schools  of  his  native  town  and  later  studied  law  at  Heidelberg  and 
Kiel.  He  was  within  two  months  of  taking  his  degree  at  the  latter  univer- 
sity when  the  troubles  of  1848  broke  out;  the  duchies  of  Schleswig  and 
Holstein  declared  their  independence  of  Denmark  and  proclaimed  a  provi- 
sional government,  the  population  flew  to  arms,  and  almost  the  entire  student 
body  deserted  the  university  to  join  the  forces  in  the  field.     Only  a  few  weeks 


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later  the  whole  Student  Corps,  as  it  was  called,  was  taken  captive  by  the  Danes, 
in  the  engagement  at  Bau,  and  carried  to  Copenhagen  as  prisoners  of  war. 
After  seven  months  they  were  exchanged  and  Mr.  Henningsen  at  once  re- 
entered the  service,  later  winning  his  commission  as  lieutenant  for  bravery  in 
action.  The  struggle  dragged  on  through  the  years  1849-50,  until  Prussia 
and  Austria  intervened  and  forced  the  duchies  to  a  humiliating  submission ; 
in  consequence  of  this,  thousands  of  the  inhabitants  chose  voluntary  exile 
from  their  native  land,  the  greater  number  emigrating  to  the  United  States, 
where  they  furnished  a  valuable  element  in  the  German  population,  being  gen- 
erally recognized  as  examples  of  thrift,  industry  and  integrity.  A  large 
colony  had  settled  in  Davenport  and  through  Scott  county,  and  this  drew 
many  others  to  Iowa. 

Mr.  Henningsen  came  to  America  in  1852.  in  company  with  a  young 
cousin,  August  Henningsen,  and  settled  on  a  farm  near  Sabula,  Jackson 
county,  of  which  they  became  joint  owners;  here  also  he  was  married,  in 
1853,  to  Elwine  Schroeder,  the  affianced  bride  who  had  followed  him  from 
the  old  country.  There  followed  a  dozen  years  of  pioneer  struggle  and 
hardship  until,  having  sufficiently  familiarized  himself  with  the  laws  and 
language  of  the  country,  Mr.  Henningsen  resolved  to  make  his  education  tell 
in  lines  more  congenial  to  his  ability,  and  at  the  close  of  1864  he  established 
himself  in  Sabula  as  a  notary  public  and  conveyancer.  The  following  year  he 
came  to  Lyons,  succeeding  the  well  known  F.  G.  Heinrich  in  business ;  he  was 
at  once  appointed  justice  of  the  peace  and  served  as  such  for  twelve  years. 
He  was  also  for  several  years  a  riiember  of  the  city  council.  Squire  Hen- 
ningsen, as  he  was  then  universally  called,  soon  won  a  wide  acquaintance, 
and  became  perhaps  the  most  trusted  adviser  of  the  Germans  of  Clinton 
county.  He  was  especially  sought  in  probate  matters,  settling  a  large  number 
of  estates  with  entire  satisfaction  to  all  concerned.  His  wise  administration 
of  justice  is  well  characterized  by  the  following  anecdote:  Two  quarrelsome 
neighbors,  having  fallen  out  over  some  trifle,  threatened  to  take  the  law  to 
each  other:  'T'll  go  to  Squire  Henningsen  about  this,"  said  one.  ''No,  not 
to  him,"  replied  the  other,  "for  he'll  only  give  us  a  good  talking  to,  and  tell 
us  to  go  home  and  behave  ourselves." 

In  1877,  M^-  Henningsen  was  elected  county  treasurer  and  served  four 
terms  with  great  acceptability;  then  he  was  for  a. time  president  of  the  Mer- 
chants' National  Bank,,  of  Clinton,  and  still  later  rcropened  his  office  at  Lyons, 
continuing  active  along  his  original  lines  of  business  until  his  sudden  death, 
on  May  14,  1909,  in. his  eighty-third  year.  He  was  widely  mourned  in  the 
community  of  which  he  had  so  long  been  an  honored  and  useful  citizen. 


922  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Mr.  Henningsen  was  always  identified  with  the  Democratic  party,  but  in 
his  later  years  took  no  active  part  in  politics ;  he  never  joined  any  lodge  or 
fraternal  organization,  his  sole  membership  being  in  the  German  Association, 
of  Lyons,  of  which  he  was  president  for  a  number  of  years. 

Mr.  Henningsen's  wife  died  in  1893,  and  the  surviving  members  of  his 
immediate  family  are  his  four  daughters,  Louise  D.  and  Henriette  E.,  at 
home,  and  Mrs.  W.  K.  Boardman,  of  Nevada,  Iowa,  and  Mrs.  F.  C.  Brayton, 
of  Lyons. 


CHARLES  W.  BEEBY. 

There  could  be  no  more  comprehensive  history  of  a  city  or  county  or  even 
a  state  and  its  people  than  that  which  deals  with  the  life  work  of  those  who 
by  their  own  endeavors  and  indomitable  energy  have  placed  themselves  where 
they  well  deserve  the  title  of  "progressive,"  and  in  this  sketch  will  be  found  the 
record  of  one  who  has  outstripped  the  less  active  plodders  on  the  highway  of 
life,  one  who  has  not  been  subdued  by  the  many  obstacles  and  failures  that 
come  to  every  one,  but  who  has  made  them  stepping-stones  to  higher  things 
and  at  the  same  time  that  he  was  winning  his  way  in  the  industrial  affairs  of 
life  gained  a  reputation  for  uprightness  and  honor. 

The  above  paragraph  was  suggested  by  contemplating  the  eminently 
useful,  unusually  active  and  altogether  praiseworthy  career  of  Charles  W. 
Beeby,  one  of  the  best  known  men  in  financial,  industrial  and  social  circles  in 
this  part  of  Clinton  county.  He  is  mayor  of  the  town  of  Charlotte,  president 
of  the  Charlotte  Savings  Bank,  extensive  agriculturist  and  stock-feeder  and 
shipper  and  candidate  for  state  senator  on  the  Republican  ticket  in  1910.  A 
broad-minded,  public  spirited,  able,  energetic  man  of  the  people,  whom  to 
know  is  to  respect  and  admire. 

Mr.  Beeby  was  born  near  Charlotte,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on  February 
13,  1864,  was  reared  to  farm  pursuits  and  educated  in  the  public  schools  and 
a  business  college,  receiving  a  good  education.  He  is  the  son  of  Daniel  and 
Permina  (Reed)  Beeby.  The  father  was  a  native  of  England  and  the  mother 
of  Iowa.  They  were  married  at  De  Witt,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  came  to 
this  county  in  the  spring  of  1855.  He  was  born  on  January  26,  1822,  and  in 
the  old  country  was  a  tradesman.  Upon  coming  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
he  bought  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land,  which  had  a  small  amount  of 
poor  improvements.  He  remained  there  until  all  his  children  were  born  and 
engaged  very  successfully  in  general  farming  and  stock  raising.     He  made 


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extensive  improvements  on  this  farm  and  added  to  his  lands  until  he  had  seven 
hundred  and  fifty  acres.  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican,  but  never  aspired  to 
office.  He  gave  his  own  business  all  his  attention.  He  was  reared  in  the 
church  of  England,  from  which  he  never  departed.  He  underwent  many 
deprivations  and  hardships  in  helping  to  settle  and  build  up  the  county.  When 
he  came  to  this  locality  it  was  sparsely  settled,  and  there  was  an  abundance  of 
game,  wild  beasts  roaming  at  will.  He  was  among  the  very  early  settlers  and 
was  one  of  the  influential  men  of  his  time,  and  is  worthy  of  an  honorable 
place  in  the  history  of  Clinton  county.  He  continued  on  the  farm  until  1897 
when  he  retired  from  active  farming  and  spent  his  declining  years  at  Charlotte. 
He  was  widely  known  among  all  the  old  settlers  and  was  highly  respected,  his 
integrity  and  honor  being  above  reproach.  He  died  on  February  2,  1908,  his 
wife  having  preceded  him,  dying  on  the  22nd  of  February,  1900.  She  was 
the  daughter  of  Paul  and  Nancy  (Fen)  Reed,  both  of  Pennsylvania,  and  they 
came  to  the  vicinity  of  Gabena,  Missouri,  about  1850.  The  father  died  at 
Hanover,  Illinois.  His  wife  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  bought  a 
small  farm,  and  kept  the  family  together,  rearing  them  in  credit  and  respecta- 
bility. 

Charles  Beeby,  brother  of  the  father  of  the  subject,  came  here  before  the 
father  came  and  bought  land  in  this  neighborhood,  improved  a  farm  and  after 
a  number  of  years  sold  out  and  moved  to  Dakota.  He  was  among  the  first 
to  settle  here  and  was  a  great  factor  in  getting  the  country  settled  up  with 
good  men,  most  of  whom  came  to  him,  and  he  would  help  them  hunt  their 
land,  doing  all  he  could  to  get  them  settled.  He  had  money  and  the  needy 
who  came  to  him  were  always  helped.  He  took  no  note  and  no  security,  and 
when  they  were  ready  to  return  the  money  no  questions  were  asked.  He  was 
one  of  the  first  settlers  in  southeastern  Dakota,  where  he  farmed  until  his  re- 
tirement from  active  life,  and  he  died  in  northern  Iowa,  at  Akron.  He  was  not 
an  aspirant  for  office  at  any  time.  The  father  of  the  subject  was  a  Republican, 
and  he  was  a  member  of  the  United  Workmen.  His  children  were  as  follows : 
Charles  W.,  the  subject;  Sylvester,  a  farmer,  who  died  September  17,  1904, 
leaving  two  children;  Francis  T.,  a  farmer  and  stockman,  died  April  30,  1900, 
a  single  man;  Harry  E.,  a  farmer  and  stockman,  buys  and  ships  fat  stock,  and 
now  resides  at  Charlotte;  Alice,  Mrs.  Joseph  Yando,  lives  on  a  farm;  John 
died  young, 

Charles  W.  Beeby,  of  this  review,  was  reared  in  this  vicinity  and  remained 
under  the  paternal  roof  until  twenty-one  years  old,  then  engaged  in  farming 
for  himself.  He  continued  general  farming,  and  raised  and  bought  cattle  for 
the  market  and  shipped  to  Chicago,  being  very  successful  in  his  dealings. 


924'  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

He  yet  maintains  two  large  farms.  On  March  i,  1904,  he  came  to  Charlotte 
and  built  a  commodious  residence,  which  he  sold  and  built  another  fine  modern 
two-story  frame  house,  situated  on  a  natural  elevated  site,  overlooking  the 
town,  where  he  has  a  most  handsome  residence.  For  many  years  he  has  been 
buying  and  shipping  fat  stock  at  all  seasons  of  the  year  in  large  numbers,  and  is 
assisting  the  people  of  the  county  in  furnishing  the  markets  with  their  stock. 
He  pays  current  prices  and  they  are  satisfied.  He  assisted  in  the  organization  of 
the  Charlotte  Savings  Bank,  with  fifty  thousand  dollars  capital,  and  was  made 
a  director  thereof,  in  1900  was  elected  president,  and  again  in  1908  was  made 
president.  The  bank  has  been  a  pronounced  success,  being  owned  and  man- 
aged by  substantial  business  men,  and  the  depositors  have  the  utmost  confidence 
in  the  management,  it  being  known  among  the  very  solid  institutions  of  Clin- 
ton county.  It  is  a  bank  of  deposit  and  discount,  and  does  a  very  large  gen- 
eral banking  business  as  well,  also  buys  and  sells  exchange. 

Mr.  Beeby  is  a  Republican  and  uses  his  influence  for  the  party  and  as  a 
reward  for  the  efforts  he  has  put  forth  in  his  party's  behalf  he  was  given,  by 
the  party  leaders,  without  solicitation,  the  nomination  for  state  senator  in  the 
fall  of  19 10.  He  has  never  been  an  aspirant  for  ojffice,  but  has  always  been 
interested  in  public  affairs. 

Fraternally,  Mr.  Beeby  is  a  member  of  the  Knights  of  Pythias,  Modern 
Woodmen  and  Modern  Brotherhood  of  America.  He  is  a  enterprising  and 
public  spirited  citizen,  ready  to  help  build  up  Charlotte  and  the  country  at 
large. 

Mr.  Beeby  w-as  married  on  February  2,  1892,  to  Louisa  Denoma,  who 
was  born  in  Clinton  county  in  March,  1862,  a  lady  of  intelligence  and  culture, 
a  daughter  of  Joseph  and  Angeline  Roberts  Denoma,  of  Canada,  who  came  to 
this  county  in  1852,  the  father  becoming  a  prominent  farmer  and  stock  raiser. 
The  father,  who  died  in  March,  18851  was  a  Catholic.  His  wife  died  in  1890. 
The  following  children  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Denoma  :  Joseph,  a  farmer; 
Anthony,  a  farmer,  stock  raiser  and  merchant ;  Ocdabo,  a  farmer ;  John,  a 
farmer;  Adeline,  Mrs.  Faver;  Philemon,  Mrs.  Burnitt ;  Sarah,  Mrs.  J.  Thomp- 
son ;  Louisa,  wife  of  the  subject  of  this  sketch ;  Emma,  Mrs.  J.  Gray  ;  Eugenia, 
Mrs.  Jen  Sorsen. 

No  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Beeby.  Religiously,  Mrs. 
Beebv  is  a  Catholic,  which  faith  she  was  reared  in. 


CLAUS  KRUSE. 


Among  the  many  thrifty  and  enterprising  citizens  of  Clinton  county  who 
have  come  to  us  from  the  great  German  empire,  benefitting  alike  themselves 


MR.  AND  MRS.   CLAUS  KRUSE 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  925 

and  us,  is  Clans  Kruse.  extensive  farmer  and  stock  raiser  in  the  vicinity  of 
Goose  Lake,  a  man  who  is  in  every  way  deserving  of  the  large  success  he  can 
claim. 

Mr.  Kruse  was  born  near  Kiel,  province  of  Holstein,  Germany,  August 
20.  1835,  and  was  reared  on  a  farm  and  educated  in  his  native  country.  He 
is  the  son  of  Paul  and  Margaret  (Shombarger)  Kruse,  both  of  the  same  prov- 
ince in  Germany.  The  father  was  a  farmer  and  speculator,  a  very  progressive 
man,  and  came  to  America  in  1853.  Emigrating  to  Iowa,  he  first  located  at 
Davenport,  where  he  remained  two  years  and  found  employment  in  a  brick 
yard  and  in  burning  lime.  At  the  expiration  of  the  period  indicated,  he  came 
to  Clinton  county,  bought  a  small  tract  of  land  and  improved  and  cultivated 
it,  later  adding  to  it  until  he  had  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres.  He  carried  on 
general  farming,  raised  and  fed  stock  in  a  small  way  and  was  successful.  He 
gave  all  his  attention  to  his  farm  and  its  products.  He  was  a  Democrat,  but 
never  aspired  to  ofiice,  and  was  a  consistent  member  of  the  Lutheran  church. 
He  became  well  known  and  was  highly  respected,  his  integrity  and  honor  being 
above  reproach.  He  died  in  his  eightieth  year;  his  wife  preceded  him  in 
death  at  the  age  of  seventy  years.  Ten  children  blessed  his  marriage :  Claus, 
of  this  review,  being  the  sixth  child.  Four  are  yet  living,  viz  :  Joseph,  a  farmer 
in  this  township;  Peter  runs  a  lumber  yard  at  Goose  Lake;  Margaret,  wife  of 
Peter  Hagge.  of  Goose  Lake ;  Claus,  of  this  review. 

The  subject  remained  at  home  and  assisted  his  father  until  he  married, 
in  1862,  then  settled  on  his  eighty-acre  tract  of  land,  erected  a  small  house  and 
began  work.  He  had  sold  his  inheritance  from  his  father,  forty  acres  of 
land,  to  his  brother  and  bought  the  eighty-acre  tract.  He  has  been  increasing 
his  lands  ever  since  and  he  yet  holds  the  original  eighty-acre  tract,  and  now 
owns  over  sixteen  hundred  acres  of  the  finest  land  in  Deep  Creek  township, 
most  of  which  is  well  improved  farms,  which  he  rents.  His  son  manages  the 
home  farm.  He  has  done  general  farming,  and  raised  and  fed  stock  which 
he  markets,  and  his  sons  are  carrying  forward  the  work  he  inaugurated.  He 
is  very  successful.  He  also  invested  in  bank  stock  in  the  Goose  Lake  Bank, 
and  has  some  vacant  lots  in  Goose  Lake.  He  has  made  good  investments  in 
all  his  operations  and  is  among  the  more  prominent  and  financially  strong 
citizens  of  Deep  Creek  township.  He  has  retired  from  active  operations  and 
turned  over  to  his  sons  the  management  of  his  extensive  farms.  He  and  his 
wife  are  in  the  full  enjoyment  of  a  well  spent  life.  He  is  widely  known  and 
has  the  confidence  and  respect  of  all  that  know  him.  He  was  brought  up  in 
the  Lutheran  church,  from  which  faith  he  has  never  departed. 

Mr.  Kruse  married  Catherina  Petersen,  who  was  born  in  the  province 


926  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

of  Schleswig,  Germany,  in  April,  1841,  a  daughter  of  Hans  and  Catherina 
(Neave)  Petersen,  both  of  Germany.  The  father  was  a  farmer,  and  in  1857, 
shortly  before  the  death  of  the  mother,  which  occurred  in  Germany,  the  wife 
of  the  subject,  one  brother  and  one  sister,  came  to  America,  and  in  1867  the 
father  came  to  this  country  and  joined  his  children,  all  settling  in  Clinton 
county,  Iowa.  The  father  found  a  good  home  with  his  daughter,  Mrs. 
Kruse,  where  he  died  in  March,  1884.  He  was  a  good  farmer  in  the 
old  country  and  was  proud  of  the  choice  of  his  children  who  came  to  America. 
Four  children  were  in  his  family,  the  wife  of  the  subject  being  the  third  in 
order  of  birth.  Mrs.  Kruse  died  on  April  6,  191 1,  and  was  buried  in  Ingwer- 
sen  cemetery. 

There  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kruse  ten  children,  namely: 
Henry,  now  helping  to  run  the  home  farm,  a  good  financier,  and  stockholder 
and  president  of  the  Goose  Lake  Bank;  Adolph  is  also  on  the  home  place; 
Emma,  Mrs.  Peter  Peterson;  Lena,  wife  of  Paul  Martinsen,  a  farmer;  Aug- 
ust is  a  prominent  farmer  in  this  county ;  Ferdinand  is  also  a  farmer ;  Edward 
and  Johannis,  neither  married  and  both  farmers,  live  together;  Francis,  wife 
of  John  Ploog,  a  farmer;  Alfareida  is  at  home,  single. 

Glaus  Kruse  has  proven  himself  to  be  a  good  financier  and  a  very  success- 
ful man,  entirely  self-made,  making  his  start  from  the  forty  acres  of  land 
from  his  father,  and  he  helped  his  father  in  getting  the  land.  He  is  unpre- 
tentious, never  making  any  great  fuss  about  what  he  is  doing,  but  quietly  look- 
ing out  for  his  own  interests  and  picking  up  bargains  in  good  lands,  working 
hard  and  making  but  few  mistakes,  using  good  judgment  in  all  transactions, 
and  by  hard  work  and  honest  dealing  he  has  created  a  large  estate. 


BIRT  WAUGH. 


Herein  is  partially  recorded  the  history  of  a  family  of  honorable  and 
worthy  men  and  women,  who  have  taken  their  share  in  the  development  of 
Clinton  county.  And  what  more  can  one  do  for  one's  country  than  the  rear- 
ing to  manhood  and  womanhood  of  twelve  strong  citizens,  as  did  the  father 
of  the  subject,  the  wagonmaker  of  Maquoketa  and  farmer  of  Clinton  county. 

Birt  Waugh  was  born  in  Brookfield  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on 
January    10,   1875,  on  the  farm  which  he  now  owns,  the  son  of  EdAvard 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  927 

Fletcher  W^augh  and  Liddy  (Smith)  ^^'augh.  Edward  Waugh  was  born  in 
Mercer  county.  Pennsylvania,  April  25,  1833,  the  son  of  natives  of  Ireland, 
who  came  to  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  in  an  early  day  where  he  lived  to  the  age 
of  ninety-nine.  Edward  \\^augh  came  to  Jackson  county  in  1854,  and  there 
met  his  wife,  who  was  born  in  New  York,  February  21.  1843,  ^^^^^  came  to 
Jackson  county  in  i'852.  For  twelve  years  ^Ir.  Waugh  followed  the  wagon- 
maker's  trade  in  Maquoketa,  then,  having  been  set  back  by  the  war.  in  1866 
he  removed  to  Clinton  county  and  bought  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land, 
to  which  he  afterwards  added  one  hundred  and  sixty  more.  Here  he  lived 
and  farmed  successfully  until  1907.  when  he  returned  to  Maquoketa,  and 
now  lives  there  in  retirement.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  has  held 
local  offices  in  Brookfield  township.  He  and  his  wife  are  members  of  the 
Methodist  church.  They  were  the  parents  of  fifteen  children,  twelve  of 
whom  are  living:  Lester,  Vernon  Edward,  Etta  (deceased),  Sherman  (de- 
ceased), Arthur,  Clinton,  Gertrude,  AUie.  Birt,  Charles,  Anna,  Mary  (de- 
ceased). Bird,  Edward  Fletcher  and  Elbert. 

Birt  Waugh  grew  to  manhood  on  the  old  farm,  and  attended  the  com- 
mon schools  and  Dixon's  Normal  College,  then  engaged  in  farming,  and  now 
owns  eighty  acres  of  land.  He  carries  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising, 
and  is  a  breeder  of  Shorthorn  cattle.  For  about  ten  years  he  has  been  the 
owner  of  a  threshing  machine,  and  spends  his  summers  largely  in  the  Avork  of 
threshing.  He  and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Methodist  church.  On 
January  17,  1905,  he  was  married  to  Martha  Richie,  who  was  born  on  April 
26,  1884,  in  Liberty  township,  Clinton  county,  the  daughter  of  C.  E.  and  Ella 
(Calkins)  Richie.  C.  E.  Richie  came  early  to  Clinton  county;  here  his  wife 
died,  and  he  is  now  living  at  Toronto,  Iowa.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Waugh  are  the 
parents  of  one  son.  Fay  Elsworth,  born  January  31,  1906. 

Charles  W^augh,  a  brother  of  Birt,  was  born  on  the  Waugh  homestead  on 
June  27,  1877.  He  attended  the  public  schools,  is  a  farmer,  and  works  eighty 
acres  of  land,  giving  special  attention  to  the  breeding  of  Shorthorn  cattle  and 
Poland  China  hogs.  He  is,  like  all  his  brothers,  a  Republican.  Fraternally 
he  is  a  member  of  the  Odd  Fellows.  On  October  10,  1906,  Charles  Waugh 
was  married  to  Celia  Vogelsang,  of  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  Two  children 
have  been  born  to  them,  Thelma  and  Melvin. 

Edward  F.  Waugh,  another  brother,  was  born  on  February  27,  1884, 
attended  the  common  schools,  and  early  began  farming.  He  is  working 
eighty  acres  of  the  homestead,  and  is  also  a  breeder  of  Shorthorn  cattle,  a 
Republican,  and  an  Odd  Fellow,  like  his  brothers.  He  was  married  on  March 
26,  1906,  to  Hermina  Kettlesen.  of  Clinton  county.  One  child.  Vera,  has 
been  born  to  them. 


928  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Another  brother,  Elbert,  works  the  remaining  eighty  acres  of  the  home- 
stead. He  also  is  a  breeder  of  Shorthorn  cattle.  In  politics  he  is  a  Repub- 
lican. 

The  Waiigh  brothers  are  all  excellent  farmers,  and  strong,  progressive 
young  men.  They  have  many  friends,  and  no  family  in  their  community  is 
more  highly  respected  than  the  Waughs. 


WILLIAM  J.  MEVES. 

Among  the  farmers  of  Spring  Rock  township,  Clinton  county,  who  are 
deserving  of  mention  in  a  history  of  the  province  of  the  one  at  hand  is 
William  J.  Meves,  who  is  a  man  of  well-established  principles  and  who  takes 
an  interest  in  the  affairs  of  his  community,  delighting  in  witnessing  the 
advancement  of  the  same  and  the  success  of  his  neighbors. 

Mr.  Meves  was  born  in  Berlin  township,  this  county,  in  1875,  and  is  the 
son  of  W.  H.  and  Anna  (Graves)  Meves,  both  born  in  Germany,  from  which 
country  they  came  to  America  when  children  with  their  parents  and  the 
mother's  people  located  in  Illinois,  near  Moline,  while  the  father's  family 
moved  to  near  Davenport,  in  Scott  county,  Iowa.  The  maternal  grandparents 
came  to  Wheatland,  Iowa,  about  1880  and  there  spent  the  remainder  of  their 
lives.  The  paternal  grandfather  died  \vhen  his  son,  W.  H.,  father  of  the 
subject,  was  twelve  years  of  age.  The  latter  was  thus  somewhat  handicapped 
in  his  youth,  but  he  made  the  most  of  every  discouraging  situation  and  be- 
came self-educated.  He  devoted  his  attention  to  farming  when  a  young  man, 
and  when  the  war  of  the  Rebellion  broke  out,  he  entered  the  service  of  the 
Union,  becoming  a  member  of  Company  A,  Eighth  Iowa  Infantry,  in  which 
he  served,  with  distinction,  until  the  close  of  the  struggle,  being,  according 
to  his  comrades,  a  most  faithful  soldier.  After  the  war  he  returned  to  Iowa 
and  located  near  De  Witt,  Clinton  county,  and  there  engaged  in  farming, 
which  he  continued  with  much  success  and  satisfaction.  His  wife  came  to 
Clinton  county  in  about  1870,  her  people  locating  in  Berlin  township.  The 
father  of  William  J.  Meves  conducted  a  hotel  at  Tama  City  at  different  times, 
and  was  once  a  merchant  in  Wheatland  for  many  years,  but  farming  has  been 
his  chief  work.  He  was  very  successful  in  \vhatever  line  he  attempted, 
and,  having  laid  by  a  competency  for  his  old  age,  he  is  now  living  retired, 
making  his  home  at  Wheatland,  where  he  has  a  very  pleasant  and  neat  dwell- 
ing.    In  his  family  were  numbered  four  children,  three  of  whom  are  living. 


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W.  H.  Meves  is  a  Republican  and  he  and  his  family  affiliate  with  the  German 
Reformed  church. 

William  J.  Meves,  of  this  review,  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  Wheat- 
land and  he  took  up  farming  when  a  young  man  and  has  made  this  line  of 
endeavor  his  principal  life  work.  He  operates  one  hundred  and  eighty  acres 
west  of  \Vheatland.  which  he  has  kept  well  improved  and  which  vields 
abundant  harvests  from  vear  to  vear.  He  carries  on  general  farmino-  and 
handles  some  good  grades  of  stock. 

Mr.  Meves  was  married  in  1901  to  Florinti  Schneider,  who  has  proved 
to  be  a  most  worthy  helpmeet,  and  to  this  union  three  children  have  been 
born,  Phyllis,  Edwin  and  Elenora  Tenette,  the  last  two  being  deceased. 

In  politics  Mr.  Meves  is  a  Republican,  and  fraternally  a  Modern  Wood- 
man of  America. 


CORNELIUS  PETERSEN. 

As  a  farmer  and  stock  raiser  Cornelius  Petersen  holds  a  very  high 
rank  among  those  who  make  these  lines  of  endeavor  their  life  work  in  Water- 
ford  township.  He  is  one  of  the  large  number  of  our  enterprising  citizens 
who  ha\e  come  from  the  famous  province  of  Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany. 
ha\-ing  been  born  near  Wick,  October  7,  1848.  There  he  spent  his  boyhood 
and  started  his  education,  but  his  parents  brought  him  to  America  when  he 
was  ten  years  of  age  and  here  he  finished  his  schooling.  He  is  a  son  of 
Marks  and  Margaret  Inga  (  Magratha)  Petersen,  both  natix'es  of  Germany, 
the  father  of  Rippen  and  the  mother  of  Foehr.  They  grew  to  maturity  and 
married  in  the  fatherland,  making  that  their  place  of  abode  until  1859, 
when  they  came  to  America,  the  voyage  requiring  eight  weeks.  They  landed 
at  New  Orleans  and  went  to  Mobile,  stayed  until  spring,  then  went  back 
to  New  Orleans  and  came  by  steamboat  to  Lyons,  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
first  locating  in  Center  township,  where  they  remained  one  year,  then  bought 
forty  acres  of  timber  land,  which  the  father  cleared  and  improved,  adding 
forty  acres  more  four  years  later,  and  there  he  remained  until  1873,  his  wife 
dying  on  Christmas  night  of  that  year.  He  then  rented  his  farm  and  moved 
to  Clinton,  and  later  returned  to  his  native  land,  where  he  married,  and 
soon  afterwards  came  back  to  Iowa,  buying  a  forty  acre  farm  on  which  he 
settled.  He  also  bought  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  near 
Sabula,  Iowa.  He  became  very  well  established  in  due  course  of  time,  be- 
ing a  man  of  industry  and  a  good  manager.      He  bought  large  tracts   of 

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land,  which  he  distributed  among  his  children.  In  1897  ^^  again  returned 
to  the  fatherland,  where  his  death  occurred  and  where  he  was  buried.  He 
was  among  the  prominent  and  influential  farmers  of  Clinton  county,  well 
known  and  accorded  the  highest  respect.  He  had  no  children  by  his  last 
marriage.  Peter,  who  was  born  to  the  first  union,  lived  on  the  old  homestead 
where  he  died,  leaving  three  children ;  Cornelius,  of  this  review ;  Martin,  who 
never  married,  traveled  a  great  deal,  spending  a  great  deal  of  his  time  in 
the  old  country,  finally  disappearing,  his  whereabouts  not  being  known ;  he 
was  formerly  a  merchant  of  Clinton,  Iowa. 

Cornelius  Petersen  remained  under  the  parental  roof,  assisting  with 
the  work  on  the  farm  during  his  youth.  He  was  married  on  March  18,  1873, 
and  settled  to  farming  on  the  homestead,  where  he  remained  two  years; 
then  in  1875  he  purchased  ninety  acres  in  section  10.  Washington  township, 
this  county,  later  adding  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  adjoining,  still  later 
adding  another  survey,  thus  owning  a  splendid  aggregation  of  land  to  the 
amount  of  four  hundred  and  ninety  acres,  which  he  brought  up  to  a  high 
state  of  improvement,  and  there  remained,  successfully  engaged  in  general 
farming  and  stock  raising,  until  1908,  when  he  bought  the  B.  J.  Monahan 
farm,  containing  three  hundred  and  seventy-three  acres  adjoining  the  cor- 
porate limits  of  Charlotte,  which  is  one  of  the  most  elaborately  improved 
pnd  one  of  the  best  farms  in  Clinton  county.  He  keeps  it  under  a  high  state 
of  cultivation,  carrying  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising,  buying,  feed- 
ing and  shipping  large  numbers,  being  widely  known  as  a  stock  man.  He 
has  solfl  a  part  of  his  Washington  township  farm,  but  yet  owns  two  hundred 
pnd  fifty  acres  of  that  farm.  He  has  given  his  attention  exclusively  to  farm- 
ing and  stock  raising  and  his  efforts  have  been  crowned  with  abundant  suc- 
cess He  has  a  beautiful  home,  in  the  midst  of  attractive  surroundings  and 
it  is  known  as  a  place  of  old-time  hospitality  to  the  many  friends  of  the 
family. 

Mr.  Petersen  is  a  stanch  Democrat  in  his  political  relations  and  he  has 
filled,  very  acceptably,  some  of  the  township  offices,  such  as  school  direc- 
tor, etc..  though  he  is  not  an  aspirant  to  public  offices,  being  too  busy  with 
his  large  individual  affairs  •  He  is  a  consistent  member  of  the  Lutheran 
church  and  he  contributes  liberally  to  the  support  of  the  church  at  Charlotte. 

Mr.  Petersen  was  married  to  Anna  Hansen,  who  was  born  in  Gemiany, 
November  17,  1851,  the  daughter  of  Hans  P.  and  Mary  (Ohrms)  Hansen, 
both  natives  of  Germany,  where  they  grew  to  maturity  and  were  married, 
emigrating  to  America  in  1866,  coming  direct  to  Lyons,  Iowa,  where  they 
lived  a  year,  later  located  in  Center  Grove  township  and  engaged  in  farm- 


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ing.  Mr.  Hansen  becoming  well  established,  owning  large  tracts  of  land. 
His  death  occurred  in  1890,  his  wife  having  preceded  him  to  the  grave  in 
1881.  They  became  widely  known,  prominent  and  influential.  Their  chil- 
dren were:  Sabina,  who  first  married  a  Mr.  Paulsen.  l)y  whom  she  had  three 
children,  her  second  husband  being  N.  Holtz.  which  union  resulted  in  the 
birth  of  three  children ;  Peter  first  married  Mary  Petersen,  and  later  Lena 
Bolt:  August  lives  in  Minnesota:  Henry  married  Mattie  Breitholtz  and 
her  death  occurred  in  1884:  he  then  married  Maggie  Bock:  Anna,  wife  of 
the  subject. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Cornelius  Petersen  the  following  children  have  been 
born:  Henry,  a  retired  farmer:  Johannis  is  an  agent  for  Arkansas  lands; 
Mark  lives  on  the  old  homestead ;  Adolph  is  managing  the  home  farm ;  Ed- 
ward is  at  home :  August,  who  is  at  home,  was  manager  of  one  of  Mr.  Peter- 
sen's farms  in  Arkansas,  which  has  recently  been  sold;  Amanda  is  the  wife 
of  the  Rev.  Carl  H.  Olsen.  pastor  of  the  Charlotte  Lutheran  church;  Malinda 
is  still  a  member  of  the  home  circle. 


JAMES  B.  CLARK. 


We  of  today  owe  a  world  of  gratitude  to  the  old  pioneers,  those  hardy 
sons  of  the  soil  who  did  so  much  for  later  generations  and  whose  examples 
we  should,  in  many  ways,  attempt  to  follow,  for  they  were,  as  a  rule,  not  only 
sturdv  in  l)rain  and  brawn,  but  in  character  also,  being  scrupulously  honest 
and  hardworking,  looking  to  the  general  improvement  of  their  communities 
along  material,  civic  and  moral  lines.  Such  a  man  was  James  B.  Clark,  long 
since  "gathered  to  his  fathers."  who  vvill  long  be  remembered  in  Clinton 
county,  especially  in  Maquoketa.  w^here  he  long  maintained  his  home.  He 
was  born  in  New  Jersey.  July  17.  1802.  and  was  the  son  of  Bailey  and  Mary 
Clark.  When  a  young  man  he  learned  the  trade  of  wagonmaker  and  became 
very  expert  in  this  line  of  work,  always  finding  a  demand  for  his  highly  skilled 
labor.  When  a  young  man  he  emigrated  to  Ancaster,  Canada,  where  he  mar- 
ried Jane  Ware,  who  was  born  in  Tichiel.  England,  April  9.  1811.  In  the 
spring  of  1855  the  family  moved  to  Maquoketa.  Jackson  county.  Iowa,  where 
Mr.  Clark  died  three  weeks  later  of  smallpox.  A  few  weeks  after  that  event 
Mrs.  Clark  purchased  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  in  Bloomfield 
township.  Clinton  county,  where  she  made  her  home  until  lier  death.  Eleven 
children  were  born  to  this  familv.  of  wb.om  nine  are  living:  they  were  Mrs. 


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Mary  A.  Wilbur,  of  Norwich.  New  York;  PVancis,  of  Delmar,  Iowa;  Mrs. 
Esther  A.  Kettle,  of  Los  Angeles,  California;  William,  of  Delmar,  this  county 
(see  his  individual  sketch);  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Older,  deceased;  Mrs.  Jane  A. 
Sackrider,  deceased ;  John  N.,  of  Sedalia,  Missouri ;  Benjamin  G.,  of  Indian- 
ola.  Iowa :  Emma  A.  has  remained  single ;  Nehemiah,  of  Flagler,  Colorado ; 
Mrs.  Hattie  L.  Rossiter.  The  mother  of  these  children,  who  was  a  faithful 
member  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church,  was  called  to  her  reward  on  Febru- 
ary 21,  1892.  Francis  Clark,  mentioned  above,  purchased  one  hundred  and 
twenty  acres  adjoining  the  old  Clark  homestead  in  Bloomfield  township,  of 
which  he  owned  eighty  acres. 

John  N.  Clark,  referred  to  in  the  preceding  paragraphs,  proved  his  loy- 
alty to  the  Union  cause  by  enlisting  in  the  Federal  army  in  July,  1862,  having 
worked  hard  all  day  in  the  harvest  field,  but  he  walked  to  De  Witt,  Iowa,  in 
the  evening.  Being  only  eighteen  years  of  age  and  short  of  stature,  he  placed 
pads  in  the  heels  of  his  shoes  in  order  to  make  the  required  height.  He  had 
obtained  his  mother's  consent  and  became  a  member  of  Company  F.  Twenty- 
sixth  Iowa  Volunteer  Infantry,  in  which  he  served  gallantly  until  the  close  of 
the  war,  seeing  service  in  some  of  the  hardest  engagements  during  that 
sanguinary  struggle.  He  was  never  wounded  or  taken  prisoner  and  no  sick- 
ness overtook  him.      For  meritorious  service  he  was  promoted  to  corporal. 

James  B.  Clark,  the  immediate  subject  of  this  sketch,  was  a  thorough  and 
painstaking  farmer  and  he  kept  his  place  well  improved  and  made  a  success  of 
whatever  he  turned  his  attention  to. 


AUGUST  KRAMER. 


The  Kramer  family  is  one  of  the  thriftiest  and  best  known  among  the 
German  element  in  the  western  part  of  Clinton  county,  especially  Spring 
Rock  township,  where  they  maintain  well  improved  farms  and  comfortable 
and  attractive  homes,  all  of  which  they  have  made  by  indomitable  energy  and 
persistent  endeavor  along  legitimate  lines.  One  of  the  representative  mem- 
bers of  this  family  of  the  present  generation  is  August  Kramer,  who  was  born 
in  Illinois  on  October  2,  1856,  the  son  of  Henry  and  Christina  (Sittler) 
Kramer,  both  born  in  Germany,  from  which  country  they  came  to  America 
in  1852  and  located  in  Adams  county.  Illinois,  as  early  settlers  and  there 
they  began  farming  and  became  well  established.  In  1864  the  family  came 
to  Lyons,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  where  the  father  conducted  a  general  store 


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during  the  balance  of  his  life,  dying  in  1866;  his  widow  survived  him  thirty- 
seven  years,  passing  to  her  rest  in  1903.  She  was  a  woman  of  most  mag- 
nanimous impulses,  and  was  the  mother  of  nine  children.  She  and  her  fam- 
ily were  Lutherans. 

August  Kramer,  of  this  review,  was  educated  in  German  in  the  schools 
at  Lyons,  Iowa.  He  began  farming  when  a  boy  and  has  always  continued  this 
vocation,  his  efforts  having  brought  him  abundant  success.  In  the  fall  of 
1875  he  bought,  in  connection  with  his  brother-in-law,  two  hundred  and  forty 
acres  of  good  land  in  the  northern  part  of  Spring  Rock  township,  this  county. 
They  farmed  in  partnership  for  a  period  of  nine  years,  then  rented  a  farm  of 
the  subject's  father-in-law  for  the  next  ten  years,  having  sold  his  share  of  the 
former  place.  He  was  a  good  manager,  a  hard  worker  and  saved  his  money, 
and  in  1894  he  purchased  the  excellent  place  which  he  now  makes  his  place  of 
abode,  moving  here  in  1895.  He  first  bought  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres, 
later  one  hundred  and  forty  acres  on  the  river.  He  has  brought  his  land  up  to 
a  high  state  of  cultivation  and  he  carries  on  general  farming  in  a  manner  that 
stamps  him  as  being  abreast  of  the  times  in  every  particular.  He  also  raises 
and  feeds  a  great  deal  of  stock.  Among  the  substantial  improvements  w^hich 
are  noted  on  the  place  which  he  has  made  are  the  excellent  barns.  He  also 
has  a  neat  and  very  cozy  dwelling. 

In  the  spring  of  1885  Mr.  Kramer  was  married  to  Mary  Reedesel,  who 
was  born  in  Ohio,  on  April  14,  1861,  from  which  state  she  came  to  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  with  her  parents,  who  located  in  Spring  Rock  township,  about 
1869.  This  family  has  always  ranked  high  in  the  communities  where  they 
have  lived.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kramer  three  children  have  been  born,  namely : 
Edna  Elenora,  March  25,  1886;  Louise  Emielia,  December  5,  1888,  and  Henry 
George.  August  25,  1891. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Kramer  are  faithful  members  of  the  Reformed  church, 
and  politically  he  is  a  Democrat,  but  independent  in  local  matters,  preferring 
to  vote  for  the  man  whom  he  deems  most  eligible  for  the  office  sought.  Fra- 
ternally, he  is  a  member  of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America. 


EDMUND  L.  COOK. 


The  spirit  of  a  noble  and  earnest  life  is  that  which  animates  the  honored 
subject  of  this  sketch,  than  whom  no  man  in  Clinton  county  is  better  known 


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and  few  occupy  as  high  a  place  in  the  esteem  and  confidence  of  the  pubhc  as  he. 
His  career  has  been  replete  with  good  to  his  fellow  men  and  now.  in  the  even- 
ing of  life,  as  the  shadows  lengthen  and  he  proceeds  onward  toward  the  twi- 
light of  the  journey's  end.  he  is  cheered  by  the  consciousness  of  duty  well  done 
and  faithfully  performed  and  the  heartfelt  desire  of  his  many  friends  is  that 
his  days  may  yet  be  many  in  which  to  bless  the  world  by  his  presence  and 
influence. 

Edmund  L.  Cook  is  a  native  of  W'elland  county,  Ontario,  where  his  birth 
occurred  on  the  9th  day  of  October,  1830.  In  1842.  when  a  lad  of  twelve 
years,  he  removed  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  with  his  parents.  Robert  and  Ruth 
Cook,  and  settled  on  the  claim  of  eighty  acres  in  Brookfield  township  which 
his  father  purchased  of  the  government.  There  were  not  many  v.hite  people 
at  that  time  in  the  township,  the  population  of  the  northern  part  consisting  of 
about  eighty  people,  old  and  young.  White  neighbors  were  few  and  far  be- 
tween. Later,  about  the  year  1854,  Mr.  Cook  drove  overland  to  California, 
making  the  trip  with  a  single  team  and  a  covered  wagon  and  during  that  and 
the  two  years  ensuing  he  followed  mining,  but  met  with  only  fair  success  in 
his  search  for  gold.  Returning  to  Clinton  county  in  1856,  he  settled  in  Brook- 
field  township  and  turned  his  attention  to  a  surer  way  of  acquiring  a  fortune  in 
agriculture,  which,  with  the  breeding  and  raising  of  stock,  he  followed  with 
gratifying  success  until  his  retirement  from  active  life  a  short  time  ago. 
Meanwhile  he  added  to  his  real  estate  from  time  to  time  until  his  farm  now 
contains  three  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  as  fine  land  as  the  county  of  Clinton 
can  boast,  the  soil  being  deep,  fertile  and  admirably  adapted  to  agriculture  and 
pasturage,  and  the  improvements  of  all  kinds  being  among  the  best  in  the 
township.  In  the  prosecution  of  his  labors  as  a  farmer  Mr.  Cook  has  always 
been  enterprising  and  progressive  and  his  success  has  been  such  as  few  achieve 
on  larger  and  more  pretentious  estates.  He  has  succeeded  in  all  his  under- 
takings so  that  in  his  old  age  he  is  well  situated  financially,  having  a  beautiful 
and  attractive  home,  amply  supplied  with  comfort  and  conveniences,  and  a 
fortune  of  suflicient  magnitude  to  render  his  future  free  from  care  or  anxiety. 
Though  never  a  politician,  he  has  kept  in  touch  with  the  times  on  all  matters 
of  public  interest,  and  concerning  the  great  c|uestions  and  issues  before  the 
people  he  has  ever  had  well  grounded  opinions  which  have  carried  weight  and 
commanded  respect.  He  has  permitted  few,  if  any,  to  exceed  him  in  his 
efiforts  to  promote  the  varied  interests  of  the  community,  all  means  for  the 
social  and  moral  advancement  of  his  neighbors  and  fellow  citizens  enlisting 
his  co-operation  and  support,  and  throughout  a  long  and  busy  life  he  has 


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always  been  governed  Ijy  the  principles  of  honor  and  rectitude  which  gained 
the  confidence  of  his  fellow  men  and  won  for  him  a  large  place  in  public  favor, 

Mr.  Cook  was  married  the  first  time  in  1861  to  Emma  Wilbereer.  ot 
Indiana,  who  died  in  1867,  after  a  brief  and  happy  wedded  experience  of  six 
years  duration.  On  October  i6th  of  the  latter  year  was  solemnized  his  mar- 
riage with  Adaline  Sparks,  whose  birth  occurred  on  the  26th  of  March,  1835, 
and  who  departed  this  life  August  i,  1901.  The  following  are  the  names  of 
the  children  who  constitute  the  familv  of  Mr.  Cook  :  E(hnund  L.,  born  Aue:- 
ust  IT.  1867.  is  a  custom  ofiicial  in  the  government  service  at  Washington, 
D.  C. ;  Ruby  A.  Hill,  born  August  8,  1870,  is  connected  with  the  Savings 
Bank  of  Elwood.  this  county;  A.  L,  cashier  of  tlie  Eirst  National  Bank  at 
Lost  Nation,  who  was  born  June  17.  1873  (see  sketch)  ;  DeLoyd  K.  Cook, 
whose  birth  occurred  on  April  18,  1875,  was  graduated  from  Drake  Univer- 
sity. Des  Moines,  in  1898,  with  the  degree  of  Doctor  of  Laws,  after  which  he 
received  a  certificate  admitting  him  to  practice  in  all  the  state  courts,  later 
being  admitted  to  the  federal  courts.  He  married,  on  the  21st  of  December, 
1898.  Esther  M.  McKenzie.  who  w^as  born  June  18.  1879,  being  a  daughter 
of  Dr.  H.  M.  McKenzie,  a  prominent  physician  and  representative  citizen  of 
Elwood;  four  children  have  been  born  to  this  union,  namely;  Harold,  Ruth, 
Donald  and  Herbert  M.,  all  living.  D.  K.  Cook  is  not  only  one  of  the  distin- 
guished lawyers  of  the  state,  but  has  also  made  his  influence  felt  in  political 
circles.  ha\ing  been  twice  chosen  a  delegate  to  the  Republican  state  conven- 
tions, besides  taking  an  active  part  in  national  campaigns. 

The  subject  of  this  re\'iew  is  proud  of  his  family  and  has  every  reason 
to  be  so.  His  children  appreciate  his  efforts  in  their  behalf  and  now.  in 
homes  of  their  own  and  responsible  positions  and  professions,  they  hold  him 
in  the  highest  esteem,  repose  great  confidence  in  his  judgment  and  counsel, 
and  bv  all  means  at  their  command  endeavor  to  keep  unsullied  the  luster  of 
an  honored  family  name.  Though  practically  retired,  he  still  lives  on  his 
farm  nnd  gives  personal  attention  to  his  business  affairs.  He  takes  great  in- 
terest in  fine  live  stock,  making  a  specialty  of  blooded  horses,  which  he  breeds 
and  raises  for  the  market,  and  he  feeds  a  large  number  of  cattle,  which  add 
verv  materially  to  his  income.  He  has  literally  remained  in  the  harness  dur- 
ing all  the  years  of  his  long  and  somewhat  strenuous  life  and,  though  past 
the  eightieth  mile  stone  on  the  journey  from  this  world  to  the  next,  he  is  still 
hale  and  hearty,  retaining  to  a  marked  degree  his  physical  powers,  being 
mentally  as  keen,  alert  and  observing  as  in  the  days  of  his  prime. 


936  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

CLAUS  J.  GLUESIXG. 

On  the  farms  are  found  the  plain  and  elemental  virtues  and  the  rugged 
strength  which  characterize  the  citizens  of  any  state  which  can  be  ranked 
as  truly  great.  Here  better  than  in  the  city's  rush  and  turmoil  have  these 
virtues  the  chance  to  grow  and  expand,  and  reach  fruition  in  lives  which  may 
be  quiet,  but  are  not  weak.  As  still  waters  run  the  deepest,  so  we  may  find 
the  truest,  strongest  characters  in  the  quiet  of  some  farming  community. 

Claus  J.  Gluesing  was  born  in  Holstein.  Germany,  March  2.  1836,  son 
of  Jacob  and  Margaret  (Paulsen)  Gluesing.  His  parents  were  natives  of 
Germany,  and  his  father  died  there  in  1842.  His  mother  came  to  Clinton 
county.  Iowa,  in  1869,  and  died  here  in  1876.  Of  their  four  children,  two 
are  living. 

Claus  Gluesing  grew  to  manhood  in  Germany  and  received  his  education 
there.  In  1866  he  came  to  Clinton  county.  Iowa,  and  worked  on  the  farms 
for  three  years,  then  in  1869  he  rented  a  farm,  and  in  1872  bought  a  farm  of 
eighty  acres,  to  which  he  has  added  until  now  he  is  the  owner  of  two  hundred 
and  eighty  acres,  all  of  which  has  been  made  by  his  own  exertions.  In  1902 
he  retired  from  active  work  and  came  to  De  Witt,  where  he  has  since  lived. 
In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat,  and  was  township  trustee  of  De  Witt  township 
for  four  years,  and  before  that  was  road  supervisor  and  school  director.  He 
and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Lutheran  church  of  De  Witt. 

Mr.  Gluesing  was  married  on  February  18,  1869,  to  Agatha  Marie  Lev- 
sen,  daughter  of  Lorenzo  and  Anna  Catherine  (Sebersen)  Levsen.  Her  par- 
ents were  natives  of  Schleswig  and  came  to  this  countr\^  in  1852,  and  located 
on  a  Clinton  county  farm,  and  here  her  father  died  September  18,  1882,  and 
her  mother  on  March  9,  1890.  They  were  the  parents  of  six  children,  of 
whom  three  are  living.  Mr.  Levsen  was  a  Democrat  and  he  and  his  family 
were  Lutherans. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Gluesing  are  the  parents  of  ten  children:  Margaret  C, 
born  November  24.  1869;  Anna  C,  born  January  9,  1872:  Louise  M..  born 
May  12,  1874;  John  L.,  born  November  10,  1876;  Claus  H..  born  December 
12,  1878:  Claus  J.,  born  March  2,  188 1  ;  Frederick  B.,  born  April  5,  1883; 
Bertha  D.,  born  September  10,  1885;  Matilda  A.  M.,  born  December  16, 
1887;  and  Theresa  A.  W.,  born  March  9,  1890.  Seven  of  these  children  are 
married,  namely:  Margaret  C,  February,  1893,  to  Claus  F.  Grave:  Anna 
C,  January  14,  1896,  to  William  Timm;  Louise  M.,  January  14,  1896,  to 
Joseph  H.  Wiese ;  John  L.,  September  4.  1901,  to  Martha  Gaulitz :  Claus  H..  in 


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Februar}^,  1902.  to  Jennie  Osterberg;  Claus  J.,  May  17,  1905,  to  Cora  Wes- 
ton; Frederick  B.,  December  7,  1910,  to  Emilie  Statley. 

Mr.  Gluesing  reached  this  country  with  nothing,  at  an  age  well  into 
young  manhood,  and  has  by  his  industry  and  exertions  since  made  himself 
one  of  the  leading  and  prosperous  farmers  of  the  township.  Surely  such  a 
life  is  an  inspiration  to  any  one  who  may  read  of  it,  or  who  knows  his  history. 
He  is  spending  his  older  days  in  peace,  surrounded  by  his  friends. 


JOHN  FRED  BENDTSCHNEIDER. 

In  going  over  Clinton  county  one  is  impressed  with  the  large  number  of 
thrifty  farmers  of  the  Germanic  race  who  have  settled  within  our  borders, 
most  welcomed  citizens,  all  of  them,  for  they  are,  it  may  be  said,  almost  with- 
out exception,  hard  workers ;  they  believe  in  improvements,  in  progress,  in 
keeping  abreast  of  the  times,  and  in  such  a  nature-favored  region  as  this  we 
find  them  almost  always  prosperous,  for  all  they  have  to  do  here  is  to  work, 
to  make  the  effort  and  their  toil  is  abundantly  rewarded. 

One  such  is  J.  F.  Bendtschneider,  whose  birth  occurred  in  Germany  in 
September,  1846.  He  is  the  son  of  John  and  Catherine  (Sievers)  Bendt- 
schneider, both  born  in  Germany,  where  they  were  reared  and  married;  they 
came  to  America  in  May,  1857,  and  located  in  Davenport,  Iowa,  and  there 
lived  a  year  and  a  half,  then  moved  to  a  farm  near  Charlotte,  Clinton  count}% 
where  they  lived  several  years  or  until  the  father's  death  in  1869.  He  took 
out  naturalization  papers  and  became  one  of  the  community's  best  citizens, 
and  he  was  a  successful  farmer.  His  wife  survived  him  until  the  spring  of 
1888.  They  were  the  parents  of  three  children.  The  father  had  sen-ed  quite 
awhile  in  the  German  army  and  he  made  an  excellent  soldier. 

The  subject  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  this  county  and  reared 
on  the  home  farm  here,  which  he  worked  on  when  but  a  small  boy  and  he  has 
made  farming  his  chief  life  work.  In  the  fall  of  1869  he  bought  eighty  acres 
in  Boone  county  and  lived  there  three  years,  got  a  good  start  and  then  returned 
to  Clinton  county  and  rented  a  farm  for  some  time  near  Bryant.  After  living 
on  two  different  farms  he  moved  to  Lincoln  tow^nship  and  bought  tw'o  hun- 
dred and  twenty  acres,  which  place  he  still  owns,  and  which  he  has  brought 
up  to  a  high  state  of  improvement.  He  has  a  neat,  substantial  and  comfort- 
able home  and  excellent  outbuildings.  He  has  transformed  this  farm  since 
purchasing  it  into  one  of  the  best  in  the  township  in  every  respect,  it  being 


93^  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

greatly  admired  by  all  who  see  it.  As  to  fertility  of  soil,  he  has  brought  it 
up  to  a  high  state  of  cultivation  and  has  so  skillfully  rotated  his  crops  and 
applied  artificial  fertilizers  until  it  is  as  rich  as  at  any  time  in  the  past.  He 
has  now  retired  from  active  work  and  is  living  in  an  attractive  and  comfort- 
able house  at  No.  516  North  Sixth  street,  Lyons. 

In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  but  has  not  been  an  office-seeker.  He  and 
his  wife  are  members  of  the  Lutheran  church  at  Lyons. 

The  subject  was  married  on  February  26,  1874,  to  Anna  Born  Grants, 
a  native  of  Germany,  from  which  country  she  was  brought  to  America  by  her 
parents  when  one  year  old.  This  family  settled  near  Charlotte,  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  later  moving  to  Lyons,  where  both  parents  died. 

Seven  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bendtschneider,  named  as 
follows:  Ella,  the  wife  of  John  Ommen;  J.  Adolph;  Martha,  the  wife  of 
John  Holdorf ;  Clara,  the  wife  of  Arnold  Peterson;  Arnold,  Anna  and  Henri- 
etta, all  three  at  home. 


WILLIAM  B.  CLARK. 

One  of  the  well  known  and  progressive  citizens  of  Delmar,  Clinton 
county,  is  William  B.  Clark,  a  man  who  would  doubtless  make  a  success  of 
whatever  he  turned  his  attention  to  owing  to  the  fact  that  he  possesses  many 
of  the  qualities  that  win — perseverance,  tact,  good  common  sense  and  a  spirit 
of  fairness,  and  now  as  the  evening  shadows  of  life  envelop  him,  he  can  look 
backward  across  the  years  with  no  compunction  of  conscience  and  forward 
with  no  fear  or  apprehension. 

Mr.  Clark  was  born  in  Wentworth  county,  Canada,  December  i,  1837, 
and  received  a  good  education  in  his  native  community  in  the  public  schools 
and  also  attended  the  district  schools  of  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  having  been 
brought  here  in  his  boyhood  by  his  father,  James  B.  Clark,  whose  sketch  ap- 
pears on  another  page  of  this  work.  William  B.  Clark  taught  school  for 
five  years,  showing  the  interest  he  takes  in  school  work.  It  was  in  1855  that 
this  family  came  to  Clinton  county.  Here  the  father  died  soon  afterward 
and  the  mother  bought  a  farm  in  Bloomfield  township  and  the  subject  made 
his  home  on  the  farm  with  his  mother  until  after  he  became  of  age.  At  the 
time  of  leaving  home  he  bought  a  farm  south  of  Delmar,  and  in  1865  he  sold 
out  and  bought  eighty  acres  in  another  section  in  Bloomfield  township  which 
he  still  owns,  having  later  added  another  eighty,  his  farm  now  consisting  of 
one  hundred  and  sixty  acres.     He  brought  it  up  to  a  high  state  of  improve- 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  939 

ment  and  retired  from  active  farming  in  1901,  buying  a  modern  residence  in 
Delmar  where,  surrounded  by  all  the  comforts  of  life,  he  is  spending  his  old 
age  in  quiet  and  happiness. 

Mr.  Clark  was  married  in  1865  to  Harriett  Cotton,  who  was  born  in 
Gasport.  Niagara  county,  New  York,  July  25,  1841,  the  daughter  of  William 
and  Harriett  (Hanks)  Cotton,  the  father  a  native  of  Vermont  and  the  mother 
of  New  York.  They  came  to  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  in  1859  and  located  at 
Maquoketa,  where  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Clark  were  married.  To  this  union  six 
children  were  born.  Flora  A.  Clark's  birth  occurred  on  April  21,  1866.  She 
was  educated  in  the  schools  of  Delmar  and  spent  one  year  in  Cornell  College, 
Mt.  Vernon,  Iowa,  then  taught  school  five  terms,  one  term  in  Cedar  county 
and  four  in  Clinton  county.  In  1888  she  was  married  to  \\''illiam  W.  Willey, 
who  was  born  in  Shipton,  Canada,  May  7,  1859,  the  son  of  William  and  Sarah 
(McNeal)  Willey,  the  father  born  in  New  York  in  18 19  and  the  mother  in 
Shipton,  Canada,  in  1829.  They  were  the  parents  of  seven  children,  of  which 
number,  W.  W.  Willey,  was  the  fourth  in  order  of  birth.  They  came  to 
Clinton  county  many  years  ago  and  located  in  Bloomfield  township.  Mr. 
Willey  was  employed  as  M-akeman  and  conductor  on  freight  trains  for  the 
Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  St.  Paul  railroad  for  many  years,  then  for  about  six 
years  he  successfully  conducted  a  grocery  store  at  Delmar,  during  which  time 
he  also  very  ably  filled  the  position  of  postmaster,  from  1886  to  1892.  He 
worked  at  the  carpenter's  trade  for  a  short  time  and  also  clerked  in  a  general 
store  for  Fred  Goodjohn  for  about  two  years.  For  a  number  of  years  he 
was  manager  of  the  Milliken  Produce  Company,  then  with  his  brother  Ed 
and  I.  C.  Spencer  and  others  founded  the  Delmar  Produce  Company,  of 
which  he  was  the  moving  spirit,  and  he  became  manager  of  the  same,  which 
position  he  discharged  most  worthily  until  1909,  in  which  year  he  moved  to 
Carrollton.  Missouri,  and  became  president  of  the  Willey  Produce  Company. 
In  19 10  he  returned  to  Delmar  and  is  at  present  connected  with  the  Jeffries 
Construction  Company  as  bookkeeper  and  purchasing  agent.  He  is  a  member 
of  the  Masonic  order  and  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America.  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Willey  are  the  parents  of  four  children:  Isabell  G..  born  in  1892:  William 
F.,  born  in  1895;  Paul  A.,  born  in  1897;  Jeanette  E..  born  in  1901.  Since 
the  spring  of  19 10,  Mrs.  Willey  and  family  have  made  their  home  with 
William  B.  Clark,  the  subject. 

The  second  child  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  B.  Clark,  Vern  B.,  was  born 
in  1864  and  lives  at  Delmar;  Archie  W..  born  in  1868,  lives  at  Colorado  City, 
Colorado;  Fred  A.  died  when  five  years  of  age;  Edith  M.,  wife  of  George 
Gage,  was  born  in  1879  and  lives  on  her  father's  farm;  Grace,  who  married 
Fred  Luther,  was  born  in  1880  and  lives  at  Oelwein,  Iowa. 


940  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Mrs.  William  B.  Clark  was  called  to  her  rest  on  September  25,  1909. 
She  was  an  excellent  woman  and  had  a  host  of  warm  friends. 

Politically,  Mr.  Clark  is  a  Democrat  and  has  been  more  or  less  active 
for  many  years,  having  held  almost  all  the  township  offices  and  since  moving 
to  Delmar  he  has  been  a  member  of  the  school  board.  He  is  a  public  spirited 
man  and  never  lets  an  opportunity  go  by  whereby  he  can  do  something  to  pro- 
mote the  community  and  county.  His  life  has  been  led  along  safe  and  hon- 
orable lines  and  he  is  held  in  high  esteem  throughout  the  county. 


CHARLES  BUECH. 

A  popular  and  successful  merchant  of  Goose  Lake.  Clinton  county,  is 
Charles  Buech,  who  has  the  confidence  and  good  will  of  the  people  of  the  vicin- 
ity in  which  he  lives,  for  his  dealings  with  his  fellow  men  have  always  been 
square  and  straightforward  and  he  has  done  much  for  the  upbuilding  of  the 
town  and  vicinity. 

Mr.  Buech  was  born  near  Kiel,  Germany,  August  26,  i860.  He  came 
to  America  at  the  age  of  five  years  and  was  educated  in  the  Iowa  district 
schools.  He  is  the  son  of  Charles  H.  and  Anna  (Ehlers)  Buech,  both  born 
in  the  old  country,  where  they  married.  He  continued  a  laborer  until  i'865, 
when  he  came  to  America,  the  trip  on  an  old  sailing  vessel  requiring  seventy- 
one  days.  They  landed  at  New  York,  and  a  week  later  they  were  in  Daven- 
port, Iowa.  The  subject's  grandfather  also  came.  They  had  small  means, 
and  had  all  to  make  and  nothing  to  lose.  From  Davenport  they  came  to  Clin- 
ton county  by  ox  team.  Charles  H.  Buech  got  his  family  located  and  he  did 
such  work  as  he  could  find  to  do;  his  children  gleaned  the  fields  of  the  farm- 
ers after  the  harvest.  The  following  season  he  rented  a  small  farm  and  was 
successful ;  the  next  season  he  rented  a  larger  farm,  and  the  next  season  rented 
still  another  larger  farm,  worked  hard,  as  also  did  his  family,  his  wife  and 
children  working  in  the  harvest.  Success  crowned  his  efforts  and  in  1875  he 
made  a  sale,  selling  off  stock  and  machinery,  and  in  1877  bought  out  a  hotel 
and  dance  hall  with  saloon,  and  engaged  in  business,  in  which  he  continued  ten 
years,  then  retired  to  his  private  home,  where  he  remained  until  1888,  ^vhen 
he,  with  the  subject,  bought  the  store  which  the  son  continues  to  conduct. 
They  rented  the  building  and  four  years  later  bought  the  building  and  he  left 
his  name  to  the  business  to  establish  credit  for  the  son.  The  firm  name  at 
that  time  was  C.  H.  Buech  &  Son,  under  which  name  the  firm  yet  continued 


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in  business  (until  after  the  death  of  the  father)  and  in  which  the  son  has  also 
been  successful,  it  being  now  known  as  the  Charles  Buech  Company.  C.  H. 
Buech  was  retired  for  many  years,  and  liis  death  occurred  September  14.  1909. 
His  wife  died  in  May.  1900.  In  early  life  he  was  a  hardworking  man,  and 
by  honest  dealing  he  created  a  competency  for  his  old  age.  He  was  reared  a 
Lutheran,  from  which  faith  lie  never  departed.  He  was  always  a  social  man, 
and  enjoyed  having  his  friends  around  him.  He  was  well  known  and  highly 
respected  and  his  honor  and  integrity  were  above  reproach.  He  seldom  failed 
on  a  payment,  or  if  he  did,  he  would  make  arrangements  so  that  no  trouble 
would  result.  He  was  formerly  a  Republican,  but  later  became  a  Democrat, 
but  had  held  no  office.  To  him  and  his  wife  were  born  three  children,  Charles, 
Johanna  and  Lena. 

The  son,  Charles,  bought  and  held  the  store,  and  in  starting  out,  for  a 
number  of  years  he  worked  three  hundred  and  sixty-five  days  in  the  year;  he 
worked  up  a  good  trade  and  has  been  veiy  successful.  He  has  had  some 
misfortunes  such  as  usually  overtake  business  men,  and  was  once  robbed  of 
over  one  thousand  dollars,  but  he  kept  steadily  at  his  work  and  now  has  an 
excellent  trade  and  does  the  business  for  Goose  Lake'and  surrounding  countr\\ 
He  gave  the  business  all  his  attention.  When  he  bought  the  store  his  father 
received  the  appointment  of  postmaster  and  he  appointed  the  son  assistant. 
They  continued  in  this  relation  until  1893,  when  he  was  appointed  during 
President  Harrison's  administration.  He  has  established  a  rural  route  and 
has  increased  the  postoffice  receipts  from  thirty-five  dollars  per  quarter  to  more 
than  eighty  dollars.  He  was  once  mayor  of  the  town,  but  he  does  not  aspire 
to  office.  He  is  widely  known  and  commands  the  confidence  and  respect  of 
the  town  and  surrounding  community  and  all  who  know  him. 

Mr.  Buech  was  married  on  April  27,  1893,  to  Dora  Martens,  who  was 
born  in  the  province  of  Holstein,  Germany,  on  October  30,  1867.  She  is  a 
worthy  wife  and  good  helpmate.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Hans  and  Margaret 
(James)  Martens,  both  of  Holstein,  Germany,  where  he  was  a  stone  contractor 
for  public  and  private  and  railroad  bridges.  There  they  remained  until  all 
their  eight  children  were  born,  and  in  1880  they  brought  their  family  to 
America,  landed  in  New  York  and  later  came  to  Iowa.  They  rented  a  farm 
in  Pottawattamie  county,  and  lived  there  five  years,  then  bought  a  farm  in 
Harrison  county,  and  remained  there  until  1905,  when  he  turned  over  the 
farm  to  a  son  and  retired  from  labor.  He  resided  at  Persia.  Iowa.  He  was 
successful  in  general  farming  and  stock  raising.  He  and  his  wife  are  both 
living,  he  seventy-eight  years  of  age  and  she  seventy-five  years  old.  Both  were 
brought  up  in  the  Lutheran  church  and  they  have  never  departed  from  that 


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faith.  They  had  eight  children,  the  wife  of  the  subject  being  the  fourth 
child. 

Four  daughters  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Bench,  namely :  Emma, 
born  January  25,  1894,  is  well  educated  and  is  clerking  with  her  father; 
Maleta,  born  July  9,  1895;  Lillian,  lx)rn  September  26,  1897,  and  Dora,  born 
November  21,  1902. 

Mr.  Beuch  has  not  been  an  aspirant  for  political  office,  but  he  has  con- 
tinued postmaster  over  twenty  years,  his  faithful  services  being  very  salis- 
factoiy  to  the  public. 


LOUIS  C.  KEINER. 


Success  has  been  worthily  attained  by  Louis  C.  Keiner.  who  is  prom- 
inently identified  with  the  business  life  and  upbuilding  and  development 
of  the  town  of  Goose  Lake,  Deep  Creek  township,  Clinton  county,  a  man 
who  has  the  confidence  and  good  will  of  all  who  know  him,  for  his  life  has 
been  exemplaiy. 

Mr.  Keiner  was  born  at  Davenport,  Iowa,  February  13,  1865.  He 
was  reared  there  and  attended  school,  later  went  to  a  German  private 
school  and  received  a  good  elementary  education.  He  is  the  son  of  John  E. 
and  Catherine  (Arp)  Keiner,  the  former  born  in  Schwartzau,  Saxony,  the 
latter  a  native  of  America.  They  were  married  at  Davenport,  Iowa.  He 
was  by  trade  a  nailsmith  in  the  old  country.  He  came  to  America  in  1858, 
landed  at  New  York  and  soon  after  came  to  Davenport,  Iowa,  when  that 
city  had  just  started.  Later  he  was  employed  in  a  sawmill  and  was  the  head 
sawyer  for  twenty-five  years.  The  firm  name  w-as  French  &  Davis  and 
later  French  &  Son.  During  this  period  he  married  and  later  visited  his 
native  country  one  year,  then  returned  to  Davenport,  and  engaged  in  the 
saloon  business  two  years.  He  was  successful  and  then  he  settled  on  a  farm 
in  western  Iowa  and  lived  there  si.x  years.  His  wife  died  in  1880;  then  he 
returned  to  Davenport  and  lived  there  four  years,  then  came  to  Goose  Lake 
in  January,  1893,  and  bought  a  hotel,  including  nine  acres  of  land,  and  the 
subject  took  the  business  and  has  since  conducted  it  successfully.  He  was 
formerly  a  Republican  and  later  a  Democrat,  but  never  aspired  to  office.  He 
was  reared  in  the  Lutheran  church,  from  which  faith  he  never  departed. 
He  was  enterprising  and  public  spirited  and  well  posted  in  business.  He 
bought  bank  stock  and  also  brewery  stock.  He  came  to  America  with  no 


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money,  but  by  good  financial  methods  and  honest  dealing,  he  created  a  good 
estate.  For  many  years  he  made  his  home  with  the  subject,  his  son,  after 
coming  to  Goose  Lake,  where  he  died  August  23,  19 10,  and  was  buried  at 
the  Engwesen  cemetery.  He  was  kindly  cared  for  by  his  son  and  family 
and  his  declining  years  were  spent  in  contentment  and  were  the 
happy  days  of  his  life.  The  earliest  days  of  his  business  life  after  coming 
to  America,  were  spent  like  those  of  many  Germans  coming  to  this  country — 
they  had  nothing  to  lose  and  all  to  make;  he  fought  out  the  battle  of  life 
and  won.  He  was  a  broad-minded,  intelligent  man  and  a  good  financier. 
By  hard  work  and  honest  dealing  he  created  a  competency  for  his  old  age. 
He  was  social  and  enjoyed  friends  around  him.  He  was  charitable  to  the 
afflicted  and  needy,  a  good  neighbor  and  friend.  He  became  widely  known 
and  highly  respected,  his  integrity  and  honesty  being  above  reproach.  He 
reared  two  sons  and  one  daughter,  all  influential  and  highly  respected,  the 
subject  being  the  second  youngest  child.  The  father  died  at  a  ripe  old  age. 
being  in  his  eighty-third  year. 

Louis  C.  Keiner,  of  this  review,  remained  under  the  parental  roof,  until 
1889.  ^vhen  he  married  at  Omaha,  where  he  was  clerking,  and  there  he  re- 
mained as  a  clerk  for  four  years,  then  came  to  Goose  Lake.  Iowa,  where  he 
has  since  remained.  He  has  remodeled  his  house  and  added  to  it  and  built 
machine  sheds  and  increased  the  property  and  engaged  in  selling  machinery, 
coal,  flour,  feed  and  all  kinds  of  machinery,  buggies,  carriages  and  wagons. 
He  erected  an  electric  light  plant  and  lights  the  town.  He  has  caused  the 
streets  to  be  macadamized  and  gutters  put  in,  and  has  done  more  than  any 
other  man  in  making  and  building  up  Goose  Lake.  He  promoted  the 
Goose  Lake  Savings  Bank,  and  got  it  organized  in  Januaiy,  1908.  with  a 
capital  of  twenty  thousand  dollars,  with  Henry  Kruse,  president;  George 
B.  Boothby,  vice-president ;  and  W.  F.  Schroeder,  cashier.  Directors :  H. 
Kruse,  George  B.  Boothby,  Louis  C.  Keiner,  W.  F.  Schroeder,  L.  E.  Keiner, 
Christopher  F.  Schroeder,  J.  Sullivan  and  C.  F.  Schroeder.  It  was  organized 
under  the  laws  of  the  state  as  a  bank  of  deposit  and  discount.  A  recent 
statement  makes  the  following  showing:  Resources — loans,  time  and  de- 
mand, $84,757.07;  realty  and  fixtures,  $15,569.50;  surplus,  undivided  cash 
and  due  from  banks,  $15,569.50;  liabilities — capital,  $20,000;  undivided 
profits,  $1,734.55;  sight  deposits,  $24,689.08;  savings  deposits,  $61,706.61. 
Four  per  cent  on  savings.  The  subject  is  a  director  and  active  in  the  in- 
terests of  the  bank  and  one  of  the  live  men  of  Goose  Lake.  He,  with  two 
other  men,  bought  land  and  platted  an  addition  to  Goose  Lake,  known  as 
Kruse's  addition.     The  subject  has  invested  some  surplus  in  Texas  lands, 


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large  tracts  of  valual^le  real  estate.  He  is  enterprising"  and  public  spirited 
and  ready  to  take  hold  of  any  enterprise  to  boost  Goose  Lake  and  is  among 
Clinton  county's  sturdy  men  financially. 

Mr.  Keiner  married  Mary  Martons,  who  was  born  in  the  province  of 
Holstein,  Germany,  and  came  with  her  parents  to  America.  She  is  the 
daughter  of  Hans  and  Margareta  (James)  Martons,  both  of  Holstein,  Ger- 
many, who  left  the  old  country  and  came  to  America  in  1880,  and  were  suc- 
cessful farmers  and  ha\'e  now  retired  from  all  active  business.  They  are 
Lutherans  and  reside  at  Persia,  Iowa.  He  has  been  successful  and  is  well 
known  and  highly  respected,  a  good  citizen.  They  reared  four  sons  and  four 
daughters,  the  sons  being  successful  farmers ;  one  has  died. 

Seven  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Keiner:  Johnny,  born  in 
1892;  Edward,  born  in  1893;  Malinda,  born  in  1895;  Helma,  born  in  1897; 
Janett,  born  in  1899;  Louis,  born  in  1901  ;  and  Mona,  born  in  1903.  Both 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Keiner  were  reared  in  the  Lutheran  church,  from  which  faith 
they  have  never  departed.  They  are  popular  in  the  social  life  of  the  com- 
munity and  are  pleasant  people  to  know. 


JOSEPH  F.  BLUMER. 

The  soil  and  climate  of  Clinton  county  are  especially  suited  to  stock 
farming,  and  of  the  many  branches  of  stock  farming,  dairying  is  one  of  the 
most  profitable  when  systematically  managed.  The  value  of  the  dairy  prod- 
ucts of  this  country  is  infinitely  greater  than  the  value  of  the  product  of  the 
gold  and  silver  mines,  and  it  is  difficult  to  conceive  how  we  could  live  without 
the  milk  and  butter  which  are  supplied  for  us  by  the  faithful  cow.  Mr. 
Blumer  has  found  in  daiiying  an  attractive  and  pleasant  pursuit,  and  has 
shown  his  good  management  in  conducting  this  business. 

Joseph  F.  Blumer  was  born  in  Scott  county,  Iowa,  on  November  19, 
1887,  th^  son  of  Jacob  J.  and  Mary  (Nelson)  Blumer.  His  father  was  born 
in  Engi,  Switzerland,  and  came  to  Scott  county,  Iowa,  in  1881,  where  he  met 
Mary  Nelson,  who  had  come  to  the  county  from  Sweden  about  the  same 
time,  and  married  her.  They  were  the  parents  of  five  children,  of  whom  two 
are  living,  Joseph  and  John.  Mrs.  Blumer  died  in  1894,  and  Mr.  Blumer  is 
now  living  in  his  native  village  of  Engi,  Switzerland. 

Joseph  Blumer  grew  up  on  the  farm,  and  attended  the  public  schools. 
In  1893  his  parents  came  to  Clinton  county,  and  located  on  a  farm  of  two 


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hundred  and  forty  acres.  His  father  improved  the  farm  and  erected  the 
present  buildings,  including  a  handsome  residence.  Joseph  now  owns  one 
hundred  and  sixty  acres,  comprising  the  homestead.  He  carries  on  general 
farming  and  stock  raising,  and  makes  a  specialty  of  dairying.  This  he  has 
made  profitable  and  he  is  following  in  his  father's  steps  as  a  successful 
farmer. 

In  politics,  Joseph  Blumer  is  an  independent  voter.  Though  young,  with 
his  life  mainly  in  the  future,  he  has  already  accomplished  much  as  a  successful 
farmer  and  has  made  many  friends  for  himself.  In  character  he  exemplifies 
the  strong  traits  of  the  two  strong  races,  the  Swiss  and  the  Swedish,  from 
which  he  is  descended.  He  is  a  young  man  of  the  finest  traits  of  character. 
He  carries  on  an  extensive  business,  employing  three  men,  and,  not  being 
married,  he  keeps  two  men  and  their  families,  beside  a  boy,  to  look  after 
things  in  general. 


WILLIAM  R  HANRAHAN. 

For  a  number  of  years  William  F.  Hanrahan.  well  known  merchant, 
general  stock  and  coal  shipper  and  grain  dealer,  of  Charlotte,  Iowa,  has  been 
a  potent  factor  in  promoting  the  progress  of  Waterford  township  along 
material,  social  and  civic  lines,  consequently  his  name  well  deserves  a  place 
in  the  record  of  the  representative  citizens  of  this  locality. 

Mr.  Hanrahan  was  born  in  Upper  Canada,  near  Ottawa,  March  lo, 
1837,  and  was  reared  on  his  parents'  fann  and  received  a  good  practical  edu- 
cation. He  is  the  son  of  William  and  Ellen  (Flynn)  Hanrahan,  both  na- 
tives of  Ireland,  he  born  in  county  Tipperary  and  she  in  Cork.  Both 
came  to  Canada  when  voung.  in  182^,  and  were  married  there.  He  was  the 
son  of  Daniel  Hanrahan,  a  farmer  and  an  early  settler  in  Canada,  where  he 
reared  his  family,  and  there  his  death  occurred.  After  this  event,  in  May, 
1 861.  his  widow  and  all  the  family  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  the  father 
of  the  subject  having  come  in  the  fall  of  i860,  bought  land  and  returned  to 
Canada  and  in  the  spring  moved  the  family  here ;  his  mother  spent  the  re- 
mainder of  her  days  here,  dying  at  the  advanced  age  of  ninety  years.  Her 
family  consisted  of  eight  children,  all  of  whom  settled  in  this  county  and 
all  died  here.  William  Hanrahan.  who  married  in  Canada,  was  born  in  1802 
and  his  death  occurred  in  1880,  at  the  age  of  seventy-eight  years.  He  bought 
land  here  and  improved  it,  spending  the  remainder  of  his  life  here.  He 
was  verv  successful  as  a  general  farmer  and  he  raised  and  handled  large 
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946  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

numbers  of  live  stock  for  the  market,  shipping  to  Chicago.  He  paid  seven 
dollars  per  acre  for  his  first  land,  and  by  thrift  and  industry  added  to  the  same 
until  he  owned  two  hundred  and  forty  acres.  He  had  one  of  the  best  farms 
and  most  comfortable  homes  in  the  early  days  here.  Politically,  he  was  a 
Democrat  and  was  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church.  He  was  a  good  and 
useful  man  in  his  community,  charitable  and  ready  to  assist  in  any  good 
cause  at  all  times,  and  he  was  highly  respected  by  all.  His  wife  died  in 
December,  1880.  at  the  age  of  seventy-tw^o  years;  she  was  the  daughter  of 
James  Flynn,  a  native  of  Ireland,  where  he  spent  his  life.  She  had  three 
brothers  in  Canada,  James,  Thomas  and  Patrick,  w^ho  later  settled  in  New 
York.  Five  sons  and  five  daughters  were  born  to  the  father  of  the  subject, 
named  as  follows:  Daniel,  a  farmer,  died,  leaving  six  children;  William  F., 
of  this  review ;  Ellen,  Mrs.  Magin ;  Margerv%  Mrs.  T.  Dunn ;  Julia  entered 
the  convent  and  later  went  to  France,  thence  to  South  America ;  Mary,  Mrs. 
Boyle;  Nancy  A.,  also  a  sister  at  an  orphans'  home.  New  York,  where  she 
died  aged  thirty- four  years;  Thomas  a  successful  farmer,  died  leaving  five 
children;  Martin,  farmer,  died" in  the  East;  Patrick,  farmer,  is  yet  single. 

William  F.  Hanrahan  spent  his  youth  at  home  and  assisted  with  the 
farming  until  he  was  twenty-four  years  of  age,  then  came  to  Iowa  and  as- 
sisted his  father  start  a  new  home.  He  then  engaged  in  farming  for  him- 
self and  in  buying  fat  stock  and  marketing  them  before  the  days  of  railroads, 
and  w^as  very  successful.  He  continued  thus  for  several  years,  then,  in 
1^871,  he  and  C.  McGinn  erected  a  building  at  Charlotte  and  engaged  in  the 
mercantile  business.  After  a  year  or  two  he  bought  Mr.  McGinn's  interest 
and  he  has  continued  to  conduct  the  business  alone  and  has  been  rewarded 
with  abundant  success.  In  the  early  days  he  was  obliged  to  do  credit 
business,  and  the  most  he  ever  lost  in  one  year  was  about  one  hundred  dollars. 
His  business  grew  until  he  was  not  only  busy  himself,  but  his  wife  and 
various  clerks  assisted.  He  has  several  farms,  and  he  is  also  a  stockholder 
in  the  Farmers  and  Merchants  Bank  at  Charlotte,  Iowa.  He  has  built  three 
valuable  properties,  which  he  rents.  He  has  furnished  coal  to  the  people  of 
this  vicinity  for  thirty  years,  and  since  1881  he  has  been  engaged  in  buying 
and  shipping  grain.  He  has  been  very  successful  in  whatever  line  he  has 
turned  his  attention  to,  and  he  is  one  of  the  leading  financiers  and  men  of 
commerce  in  this  vicinity,  and  has  done  as  much  as  any  other  man  for 
the  good  of  the  town  and  community.  During  Cleveland's  administration 
he  was  appointed  postmaster  and  filled  the  position  for  four  years  in  a 
very  creditable  manner.  He  has  witnessed  and  been  a  most  important  par- 
ticipant in  the  general  development  of  the  town  and  surrounding  country, 


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and  he  is  widely  known  and  commands  the  respect  and  confidence  of  the  peo- 
ple. Politically,  he  is  a  Democrat  and  he  has  filled  the  office  of  tax  collector 
for  several  years.  He  has  been  a  notary  public  since  1876  and  he  has  per- 
formed a  great  deal  of  successful  business.  He  was  reared  in  the  Catholic 
faith  and  has  never  departed  from  the  mother  church. 

Mr.  Hanrahan  was  married  to  Mary  O' Toole,  who  was  born  in  Can- 
ada and  who  has  made  a  w^orthy  and  faithful  helpmeet.  She  is  the  daughter 
of  Thomas  O'Toole,  of  Ireland,  who  came  to  Canada  in  an  early  day,  thence 
to  Clinton  county  in  1853,  having  had  but  very  little  capital  when  he  reached 
here.  He  first  rented  a  farm,  later  bought  and  sold  farms  and  engaged  in 
stock  raising,  feeding  and  shipping.  He  made  a  specialty  of  grading  up 
young  short-horn  cattle,  visiting  cattle  countries  and  bringing  voung  thor- 
oughbred stock  to  this  county,  becoming  widely  known  as  a  stock  man,  and 
thus  by  his  industry  he  created  a  large  estate.  Politically,  he  was  a  Demo- 
crat and  he  filled  the  office  of  justice  of  the  peace.  His  death  occurred  May 
20,  1908.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church  and  was  a  good  and 
useful  man,  honored  by  all.  In  his  family  were  ten  children,  an  equal  number 
of  sons  and  daughters,  the  wife  of  the  subject  being  the  third  in  order  of 
birth. 

The  following  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Hanrahan : 
Frank  is  assisting  his  father  in  the  store ;  Laura  is  still  at  home ;  Charles  is 
assistant  cashier  in  the  Farmers  and  Merchants  Savings  Bank  at  Charlotte; 
Birdie  is  the  wife  of  Frank  Monahan,  undertaker ;  Aloysius  is  assisting  his 
father  in  the  store ;  Sarah  is  at  home  and  is  engaged  in  teaching  music. 


HANS  H.  CHRISTENSEN. 

One  of  the  young  and  progressive  farmers  of  the  vicinity  of  Calamus, 
Clinton  county,  is  Hans  H.  Christensen,  who  has  achieved  success  because 
he  has  worked  for  it  along  legitimate  lines  and  has  left  no  stone  unturned 
to  better  himself,  and  judging  by  the  strides  he  has  made  toward  the  goal 
of  success  in  the  past,  the  future  holds  for  him  much  of  prortiise. 

Mr.  Christensen  was  born  in  this  county  on  June  7,  1876,  and  is  the 
son  of  Hans  and  Bertha  (Faltensen)  Christensen,  both  natives  of  Norway, 
the  father  born  on  September  12,  1822,  and  the  mother  on  December  12, 
1832.  They  grew  to  maturity  in  their  native  land  and  were  educated  there, 
coming  to  America  when  single  and  locating  in  Clinton  county,   Iowa,  the 


948  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

father  emigrating  here  in  1857,  and  the  mother  in  1861,  and  here  they  were 
married  in  1862.  Eight  children  were  born  to  them,  six  of  whom  are  hving. 
The  paternal  grandmother.  Bertha  Christensen,  came  to  this  county  from 
Norway  with  her  son  Hans,  father  of  the  subject,  and  here  she  spent  her 
last  days.  Hans  Christensen  was  a  farmer  by  profession  and  he  became 
the  owner  of  a  good  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres,  on  which  he 
spent  the  remainder  of  his  life,  dying  on  August  14,  1884.  In  politics  he 
was  a  Republican,  and  he  and  his  family  were  members  of  the  Lutheran 
church.  The  mother  of  the  subject  is  still  living,  and  is  making  her  home 
with  her  son,  Hans  H.  She  is  now  advanced  in  years,  but  is  active  and 
keeps  her  home  neat  and  attractive. 

Hans  H.  Christensen  was  reared  on  the  home  farm,  which  he  assisted  in 
developing,  having  been  put  to  work  in  the  fields  when  but  a  lad,  and  he  at- 
tended the  neighboring  schools  during  the  winter  months.  He  has  devoted 
his  life  to  farming  and  is  managing  the  homestead  of  one  hundred  and  sixty 
acres  in  an  able  and  successful  manner,  keeping  the  place  well  improved  and 
handling  some  good  stock.  Politically  he  is  a  Republican,  but  he  has  never 
been  an  office  seeker.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Lutheran  church.  Mr.  Chris- 
tensen has  remained  unmarried. 


JOHN  N.  HOMRIGHAUSEN. 

The  farms  of  Clinton  county  are  well  suited  to  the  raising  and  feeding 
of  cattle.  Luxuriant  pastures  offer  in  the  growing  seasons  of  the  year  the 
best  of  nourishment  for  the  animals  which  are  to  become  food  for  mankind, 
and  the  cornfields  yield  a  product  which  is  most  easily  and  profitably  mar- 
keted by  feeding  it  to  stock  \vhere  grown.  Stock  feeding  maintains  the  fer- 
tility of  the  soil  better  than  any  other  means  can,  and  thus  the  stock  feeders 
are  the  farmers  who  obtain  the  largest  yields  from  cultivated  crops.  But, 
like  most  other  branches  of  farming,  stock  feeding  is  not  profitable  unless 
managed  along  systematic  business  principles,  as  the  Homrighausen  Brothers 
have  done,  and  they  owe  their  success  as  stock  dealers  to  the  same  methods. 

John  N.  Homrighausen  was  born  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on  the  old 
Homrighausen  homestead,  on  April  9,  1870,  the  son  of  John  H.  and  Marie 
Christine  (Peek)  Homrighausen.  John  H.  Homrighausen  was  born  in  Ger- 
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he  was  married  on  December  5,  1868,  his  wife,  who  was  also  a  native  of  Ger- 
many, having  been  born  on  October  23,  1845.  They  \vere  the  parents  of  six 
children :  John  N. ;  Charles  L. ;  Elizabeth,  now  the  wife  of  Fred  Rowold,  of 
Wheatland;  Anna,  the  wife  of  William  Hoker,  a  farmer  of  Liberty  town- 
ship; Fred,  a  farmer  of  Spring  Rock  township;  and  Mary,  the  wife  of  Ferdi- 
nand H.  Schneider,  of  Spring  Rock  township. 

John  H.  Homrighausen  settled  on  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  in 
Clinton  county,  and  added  to  this  until  he  owned  at  the  time  of  his  death  three 
hundred  acres  of  land.  In  politics  he  was  a  Democrat  and  he  and  his  family 
were  members  of  the  Reformed  church.  Hard  working,  honest  and  thrifty, 
he  accumulated  a  considerable  estate,  and  was  a  man  who  had  many  friends 
and  possessed  a  strong  influence  in  his  community.  His  death  occurred  on 
July  15,  1893;  his  wife  survived  until  May  19,  1909. 

John  N.  Homrighausen  grew  up  on  the  farm  and  attended  the  district 
schools.  As  soon  as  he  was  old  enough,  he  began  to  help  on  the  farm,  and 
has  made  farming  his  business  since.  He  now  owns  two  hundred  and  ten 
acres  of  the  homestead,  on  which  he  carries  On  general  farming  and  stock 
raising.  His  brother,  Charles  L.  Homrighausen,  who  was  born  in  Spring 
Rock  township  on  October  19,  1871,  owns  one  hundred  ^nd  seven  acres  of 
land,  and  he  and  John  N.  farm  together  under  the  firm  name  of  Homrig- 
hausen Brothers,  and  also  are  dealers  in  cattle  and  stock  feeders.  Their  suc- 
cess has  been  marked.  Both  brothers  are  unmarried,  both  are  stanch  Demo- 
crats, and  both  are  members  of  the  Reformed  church.  Charles  L.  and  John 
N.  Homrighausen  are  clean  cut,  straightforward  young  men,  of  the  type 
which  one  likes  to  meet,  and  their  past  success  can  only  augur  a  more  pros- 
perous future. 


HARRY  E.  BEEBY. 


Clinton  county  has  been  especially  honored  in  the  character  and  career 
of  one  who  has  forged  his  way  to  the  front  by  a  strong  inherent  force  and 
well  directed  intelligence  and  judgment,  and  who  stands  today  among  the 
representative  men  of  Charlotte  and  vicinity.  No  man  in  his  locality  oc- 
cupies a  more  honored  place  in  the  estimation  of  his  fellow  citizens  than 
Harry  E.  Beeby,  prominent  stock  and  business  man  and  vice-president  of 
the  Farmers  and  Merchants  Savings  Bank  of  Charlotte,  a  man  who  has  done 
much  for  the  general  upbuilding  of  his  vicinity  and  who  is  eminently  de- 


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serving  of  the  large  success  he  has  achieved  and  the  esteem  of  his  fellow- 
men. 

Mr.  Beeby  was  born  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  May  3,  1870,  and  he  was 
reared  on  a  farm  and  educated  in  the  district  schools.  He  is  the  son  of 
Daniel  E.  and  Peninah  (Reed)  Beeby,  the  father  a  native  of  England  and 
the  mother  of  Pennsylvania.  They  were  married  in  Clinton  county,  and 
the  father  came  to  Iowa  in  an  early  day  and  bought  land  and  improved  a 
farni,  to  which  they  added  until  they  owned  about  seven  hundred  and  fifty 
acres  of  general  farming  land  and  raised  stock,  later  fed  and  shipped  to  the 
market.  The  father  was  a  successful  farmer.  He  was  a  Republican,  but 
never  aspired  to  office.  He  came  here  with  small  means  and  by  hard  work 
and  honest  dealing  improved  four  farms  and  created  a  substantial  estate.  He 
was  born  on  January  26,  1822.  He  was  sociable  and  enjoyed  the  society 
of  his  friends.  He  was  charitable  to  the  afflicted  and  needy,  a  good  friend 
and  neighbor.  He  was  well  known  and  highly  respected,  his  integrity  and 
honor  being  above  reproach.  He  was  reared  in  the  church  of  England,  from 
which  faith  he  never  departed.  He  died  on  February  2,  1908.  His  wife 
preceded  him  to  the  grave,  dying  on  Februarys  22,  1900.  She  was  the 
daughter  of  Paul  Reed,  of  Pennsylvania,  who  was,  in  an  early  day,  a  steam 
boat  pilot  on  the  Monongahela  and  Ohio  rivers.  He  came  to  the  vicinity  of 
Galena,  Illinois,  in  1850,  and  Paul  died  at  Hanover  soon  after  the  family 
moved  to  this  county.  He  was  a  Republican,  but  held  no  office.  He  was  a 
widely  known  man,  especially  along  the  rivers  as  a  result  of  his  long  boat- 
ing career,  and  was  highly  respected  by  all  who  knew  him.  Following  is  a  list  of 
his  children:  William,  S.  P.,  Joshua,  Jeremiah,  Emma,  Ann  E.,  Permina 
and  August.  The  children  born  to  the  subject's  father  were  C.  W.,  a  stock 
shipper;  Sylvester,  who  died  in  September,  1904,  leaving  a  wife  and  two 
children;  Francis  D.,  a  farmer,  died  in  1903,  a  single  man;  Harry  E.,  of 
this  review;  Alice  M.,  Mrs.  Jos.  Yando;  John  died  young. 

Harry  E.  Beeby  was  reared  in  Clinton  county  on  a  farm  and  remained 
under  the  parental  roof  until  he  was  twenty-four  years  old,  when  he  rented 
the  homestead  farm  and  the  father  retired  to  Charlotte.  He  worked  the 
old  farm,  and  continued  renting  until  his  father's  will  gave  him  the  farm 
and  he  remained  there. 

Mr.  Beeby  was  married  in  February,  1899.  He  engaged  in  general 
farming  and  raised,  fed  and  shipped  stock,  continuing  on  the  farm  until  March, 
1910,  when  he  moved  to  Charlotte,  where  he  resides.  Later  he  sold  a  por- 
tion of  the  old  farm  and  bought  other  land  in  this  township,  which  place 
he  conducts  himself  for  grass  and  feeding  stock.     He  continued  feeding  and 


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shipping-  stock  and  in  1907  he  assisted  in  organizing  the  Farmers  and 
Merchants  Savings  Bank,  of  Charlotte,  took  stock  and  helped  make  a  strong 
institution  of  it.  At  the  first  meeting  and  organization  of  the  directors 
he  was  made  vice-president  and  director,  which  position  he  yet  holds.  The 
bank  has  a  capital  of  twenty-five  thousand  dollars  and  the  standing  of  the 
officers  and  directors  is  a  guarantee  to  the  depositors  of  safety,  and  this  is 
recognized  as  among  the  very  solid  institutions  of  Clinton  county.  Mr. 
Beel>y  is  a  strong  Republican,  1>ut  does  not  aspire  to  political  preferment. 
He  is  a  worthy  member  of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  Charlotte,  and  is  widely 
known  throughout  Clinton  county  and  commands  the  universal  respect  of 
all  who  know  him. 

Mr.  Beeby  married  Hattie  M.  Seeley.  who  was  born  in  Clinton  county 
in  1870,  a  lady  of  intelligence  and  culture  and  the  daughter  of  W.  H.  and 
Lib  (McClure)  Seeley.  The  parents  were  married  in  the  county.  The 
Seeleys  are  all  from  the  state  of  New  York,  where  the  father  of  Mrs.  Beeby 
enlisted  in  the  Union  army  and  served  through  the  war  and  then  settled  in 
this  county.  He  saw  hard  service  and  underwent  deprivations  and  hard- 
ships such  as  was  meted  out  to  soldier  life.  When  he  settled  here  he  soon 
afterward  engaged  in  farming,  which  he  continued  until  March,  19 lo,  when 
he  retired  to  Clinton.  He  filed  on  a  hundred  and  sixty-acre  tract  of  land  in 
1899  in  Dakota  where  he  improved  and  settled  a  farm,  and  where  he  con- 
tinued until  he  sold  out  in  19 10.  He  lias  a  competency  for  his  old  age  and 
also  draws  a  pension.  Politically,  he  is  a  Republican.  He  is  a  strictly  moral 
man  and  a  faithful  soldier  and  commands  the  respect  of  all  who  know  him. 
His  children  are:  Arch,  Nettie,  Hattie  (wife  of  the  subject), William,  Ida, 
Loring,  Earl  and  Lloyd. 

Two  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Beeby,  namely  :  Flossie, 
born  June  3,  1900,  and  Ruby,  born  May  28,  1902. 


FRED  T.  MUELLER. 


One  of  the  best  known  and  influential  citizens  of  the  vicinity  of  Buena 
Vista,  Clinton  county,  is  Fred  J.  Mueller,  the  representative  of  an  ex- 
cellent old  family  and  a  man  who  has  labored  along  such  lines  of  high  en- 
deavor as  to  secure  success  in  any  field.  He  was  born  in  Henry  county, 
Illinois,  in  1864,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Henry  and  Margaret  (Garneart) 
Mueller,  both  born  in  Germany,  where  they  grew  to  maturity,  but  came 
single  to  America  and  located  in  Illinois  where  they  were  married  and 
there  they  took  up  farming.     In  1864,  shortly  after  the  birth  of  their  son, 


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Fred  J.,  of  this  review,  the  family  moved  to  CHnton  county,  Iowa,  and 
located  on  a  farm  adjoining  on  the  east  the  present  Mueller  farm,  buying 
three  hundred  and  twenty  acres,  which  they  improved  and  on  which  they 
lived  and  farmed  for  many  years,  then  moved  to  Calamus  and  there  died, 
but  his  widow  is  still  living  in  that  town.  The  elder  Mueller  was  a  general 
farmer  and  stock  raiser  and  was  very  successful,  especially  in  raising 
Durham  cattle.  He  was  influential  in  his  community,  but  was  no  public  man, 
preferring  to  lead  a  quiet  life.  His  family  consisted  of  ten  children,  an 
equal  number  of  sons  and  daughters,  eight  of  whom  are  still  living.  He 
was  a  member  of  the  Lutheran  church  and  a  Democrat. 

Fred  J.  Mueller,  of  this  review,  was  educated  in  the  home  schools 
and  when  young  in  years  turned  his  attention  to  farming,  which  he  always 
followed.  He  has  a  good  farm  of  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  and  is  a 
general  farmer  and  stock  raiser.  He  is  a  stockholder  in  the  Farmers  and 
Business  Men's  Mutual  Telephone  Company. 

Mr.  Mueller  was  married  in  1894  to  Agnes  Kuehl.  who  was  born  in 
Scott  county,  Iowa,  the  youngest  daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  James  Kuehl, 
early  settlers  in  Scott  county. 

Owing  to  the  prominence  of  the  subject's  father,  Henry  Mueller,  the 
following  paragraphs  of  this  sketch  will  be  devoted  to  his  career.  He  was 
born  June  3,  1833,  and  was  the  son  of  David  Mueller,  who  came  to  the 
United  States  in  1854,  and  located  at  Hampton,  Illinois,  and  there  en- 
gaged in  farming.  Heniy  Mueller  married,  in  i860,  Margaret  Carneart, 
who  was  born  in  Germany.  She  left  Germany  with  her  parents,  Henry 
and  Marie  (Bevall)  Carneart,  on  May  10,  1854.  They  settled  in  Chicago, 
where  they  remained  three  months,  then  moved  to  Hampton,  Rock  Island 
county,  Illinois,  where  they  began  farming.     The  parents  died  in  Illinois. 

After  his  marriage  Henry  Mueller  lived  in  Illinois  until  1864,  when 
he  moved  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  bought  a  farm  where  Henry  Mueller, 
Jr.,  now  lives.  He  became  the  owner  of  three  hundred  and  twenty  acres, 
which  he  improved  and  on  which  he  lived  until  1896,  when  he  retired  to 
Calamus,  where  he  resided  until  his  death.  His  widow  is  still  living  in 
Calamus.     They  were  always  members  of  the  Lutheran  church. 


WILLIAM  A.  TYLER. 

An  enterprising  and  highly  respected  citizen  of  Camanche  township, 
Clinton  county,  who  is  deserving  of  the  success  he  has  achieved  during  his 
long  years  of  labor  in  this,  his  native  community,  is  William  A.  Tyler,  a  man 


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who  has  sought  to  maintain  the  high  standard  of  Hving  set  by  his  family  and 
has  therefore  won  the  esteem  of  his  neighbors  and  acquaintances. 

Mr.  Tyler  was  born  in  this  township  and  county,  September  12,  1848, 
and  is  the  son  of  John  A.  and  Phoebe  (Pearsall)  Tyler,  the  father  born  in 
Ohio,  ]\Iay  21,  1824,  and  died  August  20,  1871 ;  the  mother  was  a  native  of 
New  York,  born  December  9,  1827,  and  died  in  January,  1873.  They  were 
married  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  about  1840,  and  entered  one  hundred  and 
sixty  acres  of  land  in  Camanche  township  and  followed  farming  all  his  life. 
He  was  one  of  the  well  known  and  influential  pioneer  settlers  of  this  county 
and  a  highly  respected  citizen.  He  was  a  worthy  member  of  the  Masonic 
order. 

The  paternal  grandparents  of  William  A.  Tyler  were  Carley  and  Eliza- 
beth (Simcox)  Tyler.  Carley  Tyler,  a  sterling  pioneer,  was  born  in  Vermont 
in  1792,  and  in  his  earlier  years  was  engaged  in  rafting  lumber  on  the  St. 
Lawrence  river.  He  enlisted  in  the  army  during  the  war  of  1812  and  fought 
at  the  battles  of  Plattsburg  and  Lundy's  Lane,  and  served  until  the  close  of 
the  contest.  In  1818  "Uncle"  Tyler,  as  he  was  familiarly  knoXvn,  joined  the 
Masonic  fraternity,  taking  the  degrees  in  a  lodge  at  Utica,  New  York,  and 
he  was  sixty  years  a  Mason,  always  living  in  accordance  to  its  worthy  pre- 
cepts. He  emigrated  in  18 19  to  Shalersville.  Portage  county,  Ohio,  then  the 
far-off  Western  frontier,  where  he  married,  in  1820,  Elizabeth  Simcox,  and 
they  remained  there  until  1842  engaged  in  general  farming,  during  his  twen- 
ty-two years'  residence  there  clearing,  improving,  partially  broke  and  erected 
buildings  upon  nine  farms,  selling  each  as  soon  as  thus  improved.  When  it 
is  remembered  that  each  of  these  farms  had  to  be  literally  chopped  out  of  the 
dense  timber,  a  conception  can  be  formed  of  the  vast  amount  of  labor  re- 
quired during  those  twenty-two  years.  In  11842  he  moved  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  making  the  journey  from  Shalersville  to  Cleveland  by  team,  thence  to 
Chicago  (a  little  hamlet  in  a  swamp)  by  water,  and  thence  to  Camanche  by 
team.  Here  he  bought,  for  a  horse,  saddle  and  bridle,  the  pre-emption  right 
to  what  is  known  as  the  Ten  Broeck  farm,  two  miles  southwest  of  Clinton, 
which,  after  some  years,  he  sold,  and  purchased  from  a  Mr.  Goddard  what 
is  known  now  as  the  Miles  place,  some  four  miles  west  of  Camanche,  where 
he  rented  until  about  the  opening  of  the  Civil  war,  after  which  time  he  lived 
principally  in  Camanche.  He  was  successful  in  his  labors  and  laid  by  a  com- 
petency for  his  old  age.  His  death  occurred  on  July  21,  1878,  in  his  eighty- 
seventh  year. 

In  the  early  days  of  Masonry  in  Clinton  county,  when  Camanche  Lodge 
No.  60  and  Mount  Moriah  Chapter  No.  19  were  instituted,  the  one  in  1856 


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and  the  other  in  1857,  and  there  were  no  Masonic  bodies  nearer  than  Daven- 
port, their  meetings  were  sure  to  draw  numbers  from  many  miles  around,  and 
upon  their  rolls  are  to  be  found  the  names  of  very  many  who  have  since  be- 
come prominent  in  every  walk  of  life.  These  oldtimers  will  recall  Carley 
Tyler,  then  an  aged  man,  as  tyler  of  both  these  bodies,  he  having  been  a 
charter  member  of  each.  He  was  a  good  and  useful  man,  was  one  of  the 
oldest  settlers  of  Clinton  county  and  one  of  the  oldest  and  worthiest  Masons 
in  the  county.  His  memory  was  undimmed  up  to  the  last  and  it  was  indeed 
interesting  to  listen  to  his  reminiscences,  and,  looking  ever  on  the  bright  side 
of  life  and,  having  a  keen  sense  of  the  ludicrous,  his  fund  of  anecdotes  of 
pioneer  days  and  the  war  of  181 2  was  full  and  entertaining.  He  was  a  type 
of  the  old  stock  who,  in  defense  of  honor  and  right,  did  not  flinch  before  the 
bayonets  of  Wellington's  veterans  and  "who  did  not  hesitate,  with  rifle  on  one 
shoulder  and  axe  on  the  other,  to  hew  from  the  dark  and  gloomy  woods 
happy  and  sunny  homes.    His  like  is  not  met  with  nowadays. 

Carley  Tyler's  wife,  Elizabeth  Simcox,  was  born  November  19,  1802, 
in  the  state  of  Ohio,  and  there  she  grew  to  maturity,  marrying  Mr.  Tyler  in 
181 5,  and  to  this  union  nine  children  were  born,  named  in  order  of  birth  as 
follows:  George  C,  March  9,  1822;  John  A.,  father  of  the  subject,  already 
mentioned;  Royal.  October  4,  1826;  Rahama,  December  27,  1829;  Horace 
Weaver,  April  6,  1832.  died  November  11,  1892;  Nancy,  June  8,  1835; 
Jerome,  February  3,  1838;  Stearns,  December  13,  1842;  Chancy,  June  30, 
1844.  Of  these  children.  Rahama  is  the  wife  of  N.  Walrod,  and  Nancy  is  the 
wife  of  J.  A.  Walrod. 

The  death  of  the  mother  of  these  children  occurred  on  February  6, 
1890.  at  the  advanced  age  of  ninety-three  years.  She  was  widely  known 
and  loved  by  all,  having  been  a  remarkable  woman,  kind,  charitable  and  gen- 
ial. She  was  a  faithful  member  of  the  Baptist  church,  with  which  she  became 
identified  in  1829,  and  lived  a  consecrated  Christian  life,  and  died  in  the  faith, 
happily  and  with  fortitude,  as  had  her  worthy  husband  many  years  before. 

The  second  house  built  in  the  city  of  Clinton,  now  standing,  was  erected 
by  Royal  Tyler,  mentioned  above.    It  is  of  stone  and  was  put  up  in  1839. 

Four  sons  and  three  daughters  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  John  A.  Tyler, 
parents  of  the  subject,  all  living  except  one,  namely:  George  D. ;  William 
A.  of  this  review;  Mary,  wife  of  George  Muhs ;  Amelia,  wife  of  C.  B.  Ro- 
man; Charles  E. ;  Henry  F. ;  and  Adaline  (deceased).  Those  living  make 
their  home  in  Clinton  county. 

William  A.  Tyler  received  a  limited  education  in  the  common  schools 
and  began  life  for  himself  at  the  age  of  sixteen  years,  when  he  started  in  as 


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clerk  in  a  general  store  at  Canianche.  He  subsequently  took  up  farming  and 
this  has  l>een  his  principal  life  work.  He  was  married  on  September  14, 
1869,  to  Hulda  M.  Stafford,  daughter  of  Winchell  and  Sarah  Stafford,  of 
Montgomery  county,  Iowa.  Her  father  was  supervisor  of  his  county  two 
terms.  He  was  a  farmer  by  occupation.  Mrs.  Tyler's  only  brother,  Frank, 
is  deceased ;  her  two  sisters  are  Mrs.  M.  Prichard  and  Mrs.  D.  Vetter,  both 
living  at  Grant,  Montgomery  county,  Iowa. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Tyler  began  their  married  life  on  rented  land  in  Montgom- 
ery county,  and  in  1870  they  came  to  Clinton  county,  this  state,  and  pur- 
chased eighty  acres,  which  they  later  sold  and  moved  on  the  homestead  farm. 
In  1883  they  moved  on  their  present  farm,  then  consisting  of  one  hundred 
and  seventy-two  acres,  adding  to  this  from  time  to  time  until  they  now  have 
a  fine  and  well  improved  farm  of  three  hundred  acres,  very  productive  and 
under  a  high  state  of  cultivation.  Their  residence  was  destroyed  by  fire  in 
1902,  and  it  has  been  replaced  by  a  beautiful,  commodious  and  modern  home; 
an  excellent  liarn  and  good  minor  improvements  have  also  been  made ;  in 
fact,  everything  about  the  place  is  of  the  best  type  and  indicates  prosperity 
and  good  management. 

Mr.  Tyler  has  been  a  very  successful  farmer  and  business  man.  He  al- 
ways keeps  a  good  grade  of  live  stock,  and  has  an  excellent  dairy.  He  sep- 
arates his  cream,  which  he  ships  daily,  and  he  finds  a  very  ready  market  for 
his  dairy  products. 

He  has  served  his  township  as  trustee  for  two  terms  and  was  secretary 
of  the  school  board  for  twenty-four  years.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat  and 
takes  an  active  part  in  local  affairs  and,  in  fact,  is  regarded  as  one  of  the 
leaders  in  county  politics,  always  interested  in  the  general  welfare  of  the 
same  and  ready  to  do  his  full  share  in  promoting  the  public  good.  He  is 
prominent  in  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows  and  is  a  member  and 
liberal  supporter  of  the  Baptist  church.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Tyler  are  members 
of  the  Old  Settlers'  Association.  They  are  popular  throughout  the  county, 
numbering  their  friends  by  the  limits  of  their  acquaintance  only,  and  no  fam- 
ily in  the  county  is  held  in  higher  esteem. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  A.  Tyler  nine  children  have  been  born,  name- 
ly:  Kittie  M.,  July  17,  1870,  is  the  wife  of  John  Livingston  and  they  have 
two  children,  Ruth  and  Helen:  Clara  E.,  iVpril  6,  1872;  Bruce,  June  3,  1874, 
died  May  21,  1878;  Fannie  M.,  who  is  the  wife  of  E.  Olson,  was  born  Feb- 
ruary 14,  1877.  and  they  have  one  son.  Ellsworth;  Mary  J.,  July  17,  1879,  is 


956  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  wife  of  Willem  Allar;  George  E.,  October  29,  1881 ;  Harry  A.,  December 
31,  1883;  William  R.,  May  25,  1886;  Raymond  A..  July  8,  i'890.  They  are 
all  receiving  good  educations  and  careful  home  training. 


CHRIS  SCHROEDER. 

One  of  the  successful  farmers  and  business  men  of  Deep  Creek  township, 
Clinton  county,  is  Chris  Schroeder,  whose  life  has  been  led  in  a  manner  that 
has  brought  no  offense  to  any  one  and  has  resulted  in  great  good  to  his  neigh- 
bors, friends,  and  in  fact,  the  community  in  general,  and  he  is  in  every  way, 
deserving  of  the  success  he  has  achieved.  He  was  born  in  the  province  of 
Holstein.  Germany,  July  24,  1864.  He  came  with  his  parents  to  America  in 
1880,  and  was  reared  on  a  farm.  He  was  educated  in  his  native  country  and 
in  the  district  schools  of  Iowa,  receiving  a  good  elementary  education.  He  is 
a  son  of  Otto  and  Wiepke  (Rostack)  Schroeder,  both  of  Holstein,  Germany. 
The  father,  who  was  a  laborer,  came  to  America  in  the  year  indicated  above, 
landed  at  New  York  and  came  by  rail  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  When  he 
came  he  had  very  small  means  and  for  the  first  year  he  worked  as  a  farm  hand. 
The  second  year  he  bought  a  small  farm,  and  he  found  by  this  investment  that 
he  had  hard  work  ahead,  but  was  equal  to  the  occasion.  In  1898  he  sold  out 
and  bought  property  at  Goose  Lake,  remaining  retired  until  1901,  when  he  sold 
out  and  has  since  made  his  home  with  one  of  his  sons.  By  hard  work  and 
honest  dealing  he  created  a  competency  for  his  old  age.  In  politics  he  was 
independent  and  claimed  the  right  to  vote  for  the  man  of  his  choice,  regardless 
of  politics.  He  never  aspired  to  office  himself.  He  was  reared  in  the 
Lutheran  church,  from  which  faitli  he  never  departed.  He  is  social  and  en- 
joys his  friends  around  him,  charitable  to  the  afflicted  and  needy,  a  good  friend 
and  neighbor.  He  is  widely  known  and  highly  respected  and  his  honor  and 
integrity  is  above  reproach.  He  is  now,  at  the  ripe  age  of  eighty-two  years, 
well  presented  and  hearty.  His  wife  yet  survives,  at  the  age  of  eighty-eight 
years.  She  belongs  to  the  same  church.  She  is  his  second  wife,  and  was  a 
widow,  Margaret  Wiese,  with  two  children,  whom  he  reared  and  brought  to 
this  country.  His  first  wife  and  mother  of  the  subject  died  in  the  old  country, 
where  he  married  the  second  wife.  By  the  first  wife,  he  had  five  children, 
namely:  John,  who  died  in  1881,  aged  twenty-three  years:  Dora,  Mrs.  Gosch, 
of  Goose  Lake ;  August  is  a  farmer  in  Jackson  county ;  Herman,  who  lives  in 
Waterford  township ;  and  Chris,  of  this  review. 


MRS.   MINNIE  SCHROEDER 


CHRIS.   SCHROEDER 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  957 

The  subject  was  born  in  the  old  country  and  came  to  America  with  his 
fatlier  and  remained  under  the  parental  roof  until  his  marriage,  in  1888.  He 
then  bought  the  old  homestead  and  did  general  farming,  continuing  this  voca- 
tion until  1894,  when  he  bought  ninety  acres  additional  land  and  continued 
this  work  until  1899,  when  he  sold  out  and  rented  two  years  near  Bryant,  and 
in  1901  bought  his  present  farm  and  moved  to  it  in  1902,  where  he  has  since 
remained.  He  has  two  hundred  and  twenty-three  acres  in  section  15,  Deep 
Creek  township.  He  is  a  general  farmer  and  raises  stock  and  feeds  cattle  and 
hogs  for  the  market  in  Chicago.  He  has  been  successful  in  all  his  undertak- 
ings. He  is  a  stockholder  and  director  in  the  Goose  Lake  Bank,  also  vice- 
president  of  the  Preston  Telephone  Company.  He  is  public  spirited  and 
enterprising  and  ready  to  help  build  up  the  county.  Politically,  he  is  a  Demo- 
crat and  well  posted  in  all  public  affairs.  He  was  elected  secretary  of  schools 
and  in  the  same  year  was  elected  township  trustee,  being  made  president  of  the 
board.  He  was  elected  director  in  1908  of  the  Goose  Lake  Bank,  which  insti- 
tution he  helped  to  promote  and  organize,  and  it  has  been  a  success  and  is 
among  the  solid  institutions  of  the  county.  In  1908  he  was  elected  vice-presi- 
dent of  the  telephone  company.  All  these  positions  he  has  filled  with  credit 
to  himself  and  satisfactorily  to  the  people  concerned.  He  was  reared  in  the 
Lutheran  church,  and  from  that  faith  he  has  never  departed. 

Mr.  Schroeder  was  married  to  Minnie  Kruse.  who  was  born  in  this  town- 
ship in  1866,  a  worthy  wife  and  good  helpmate.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Hans 
and  Margaret  (Peterson)  Kruse,  both  coming  from  Germany  in  1853.  Her 
father  became  a  prominent  farmer  and  stock  raiser  in  this  township.  He  took 
little  interest  in  politics  and  held  no  office.  He  was  also  a  Lutheran,  and  among 
the  early  settlers,  and  a  large  family  of  the  same  name  and  connection  settled  in 
Deep  Creek  towmship.  He  was  widely  known,  a  man  highly  respected,  of 
sterling  integrity  and  honor.  He  died  in  1901,  at  the  age  of  sixty-seven 
years, .leaving  a  good  estate.  His  first  wife  preceded  him  in  death,  dying  in 
1887,  and  he  again  married,  his  last  wife  being  a  widow,  Frederica  Bartel,  also 
from  the  old  country,  and  she  yet  survives.  There  were  no  children  by  his 
last  marriage,  but  eleven  were  born  to  the  first  marriage,  all  dying  young  ex- 
cept four:  Minnie,  wife  of  the  subject;  Peter  is  a  farmer  on  the  old  home- 
stead ;  Fred  is  a  farmer  on  the  same  place :  Emil  is  a  farmer. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Schroeder  six  children  have  been  born,  namely :  Ed- 
ward, born  May  25,  1889;  Emil,  born  May  25,  1891  ;  Herman,  born  August 
24,  1893;  Elfrieda,  born  September  3.  1896;  Leroy,  born  July  i,  1901  ;  Ralph, 
born  October  14,  1905. 


958  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

LEWIS  C.  BROOMFELDT. 

It  is  doubtful  if  any  agriculturist  in  Center  township,  Clinton  county, 
understands  better  the  modern  methods  of  farming  than  Lewis  C.  Broom feldt, 
and  he  has  the  ingenuity  and  persistency  to  so  apply  them  as  to  reap  the  best 
results.  He  was  born  in  this  county  on  September  23,  1869.  the  son  of  J. 
Frederick  and  Margaretta  (Joehnk)  Broomfeldt,  natives  of  Germany,  the 
father  having  come  to  xA.merica  about  1855  with  his  parents,  Claus  D.  and 
wife,  and  located  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  purchasing  a  farm  of  Chris  Freeze, 
the  latter  having  purchased  it  from  the  government.  This  land  was  in  turn 
purchased  by  the  subject  and  is  now  owned  by  him.  His  parents  were  married 
in  this  county.  When  a  young  man  the  father  was  employed  as  a  laborer  on 
what  was  known  as  the  Calico  railroad.  He  and  the  subject's  grandfather  led 
lives  typical  of  pioneers  in  the  early  settlement  of  this  county,  when  they 
farmed  with  somewhat  primitive  implements  compared  with  those  used  today, 
when  the  wheels  of  their  farm  wagons  were  sawn  from  the  bodies  of  trees  and 
drawn  by  oxen.  They  often  had  to  go  to  Davenport  to  get  labor  during  a 
busy  season,  but  perseverance  and  energy  won  a  good  home  and  they  became 
well  established,  being  successful  as  early  day  farmers.  The  father's  family 
consisted  of  eleven  children,  four  sons  and  seven  daughters,  four  of  whom  are 
living:  Bertha,  now  Mrs.  Peter  Schroeder;  Cathrina,  now  Mrs.  H.  Mundt; 
Dors,  now  Mrs.  M.  Hansen ;  those  deceased  are,  Lena,  Maggie,  Anna,  Emma, 
August,  Henry  and  Fred. 

Lewis  C.  Broomfeldt.  in  his  boyhood,  recei\'ed  a  good  common  school 
education.  When  a  young  man  he  spent  three  years  in  western  Iowa  and 
southeastern  Missouri.  Returning  to  his  childhood  home,  he  was  married, 
on  April  22.  1892,  to  Pauline,  daughter  of  Anton  and  Migraetha  Stolten- 
berg,  who  were  natives  of  Germany,  from  which  country  they  came  to 
America  in  1867.  locating  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  The  father  was  a 
stone-mason  by  trade.  This  family  now  lives  near  Mason  City,  Iowa, 
where  the  father  purchased  a  farm.  His  family  consists  of  thirteen  chil- 
dren, of  whom  ele\-en  are  living,  Mrs.  Broomfeldt  being  the  fourth  in 
order  of  birth. 

Mr.  Broomfeldt  began  his  married  life  on  his  present  farm,  the  home- 
stead of  his  father,  and  here  he  soon  got  a  good  start.  J.  Frederick 
Broom  feldt' s  death  occurred  February  23.  1885,  and  his  widow  was  subse- 
quently married  to  Jurger  Stoltenberg  and  they  now  reside  at  Clinton,  she 
having  sold   the   homestead   to   her   son,    Lewis   C.      The   place  consists   of 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA,  959 

one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  well  improved  land,  on  which  he  has  just 
completed  a  very  attractive  and  modern  residence  of  ten  rooms.  It  is 
heated  by  a  furnace  and  other  modern  equipment  is  found  throughout.  It 
was  erected  at  a  cost  of  three  thousand  dollars.  He  has  erected  and  re- 
modeled other  buildings  on  the  place,  having  now  substantial  improvements 
of  all  kinds.  He  is  an  up-to-date  farmer  and  successful  business  man.  and 
merits  the  respect  and  confidence  of  his  neighbors.  He  keeps  an  excellent 
grade  of  stock  of  all  kinds  and  feeds  a  great  deal  for  the  market. 

Mr.  Broomfeldt  and  his  wife  are  members  of  the  Lutheran  church. 
Politically,  he  is  a  stanch  Democrat  and.  is  active  in  party  affairs.  There 
are  seven  children  in  this  family,  named  as  follows:  Fred,  born  August  12, 
1892;  George,  born  August  22,  1894;  Herman,  born  December  15,  1896; 
Margaretha,  born  July  29,  1899;  Edmund,  born  July  22,  1901,  and  his  death 
occurred  on  June  3,  1905;  Louise,  born  March  10,  1907;  Raymond,  born 
June  II,  1909. 


HORACE  M.  COSSINS. 

One  of  the  substantial  citizens  of  Bloomfield  township,  Clinton  county, 
is  Horace  M.  Cossins,  hardware  merchant  at  Delmar.  He  is  a  man  who, 
while  advancing  his  own  interests,  does  not  lose  sight  of  the  fact  that  it 
is  his  duty  to  lend  his  influence  in  furthering  the  interests  of  the  com- 
munity in  general.  He  was  born  on  December  29,  i860,  near  Bellview, 
Jackson  county,  Iowa,  and  there  grew  to  maturity  and  was  educated.  He 
is  the  son  of  Thomas  W.  and  Elizabeth  H.  (Sharpless)  Cossins,  both  na- 
tives of  the  state  of  Pennsylvania,  born  in  Chester  and  Pottsville,  respec- 
tively. They  were  reared  on  farms  and  educated  in  their  communities, 
and  when  they  reached  maturity  were  married  in  the  Keystone  state,  leav- 
ing their  native  hills  soon  afterwards,  however,  and  coming  to  Iowa.  They 
located  in  Jackson  county  on  a  farm,  near  Bellview,  about  1846  and  there 
developed  a  good  farm  from  the  wild  conditions  then  existing  there,  mak- 
ing a  very  comfortable  home.  About  1865  they  sold  out  and  bought  a  farm 
west  of  Bellview  and  there  the  father  continued  to  resid-e  until  about  1885, 
when  he  sold  his  place  and  moved  to  Maquoketa,  Iowa,  and  there  he  and 
his  wife  spent  the  remainder  of  their  lives,  the  father  dying  in  1895,  when 
about  seventy-six  years  old,  and  the  mother  in  1905,  also  about  seventy-six 
years  old.  She  was  a  member  of  the  Congregational  church.  Six  chil- 
dren were  born  to  them,  namely :  Mrs.   Eannie  Goodenow  lives  in  Maquo- 


960  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

keta;  Mrs.  Josephine  Burgess  lives  in  Montana;  Mrs.  Anna  Dorchester  also 
lives  in  Montana;  Horace  M.,  of  this  review;  Mrs.  Ella  Cundill  and  Mrs. 
Lizzie  Nitche,  both  of  Maqtioketa,  this  state. 

Horace  M.  Cossins  made  his  home  on  the  farm  until  1887,  when  he 
came  to  Delmar,  this  county,  and  bought  the  hardware  store  of  Parker  & 
Bracket  and  he  has  continued  to  conduct  the  same  to  the  present  time.  He 
handles  a  full  line  of  hardware  and  harness;  in  fact,  carries  a  very  large 
and  complete  line  of  all  kinds  of  hardware  and  a  full  line  of  light  and 
heavy  harness.  His  is  the  only  hardware  store  in  Delmar.  His  trade  has 
gradually  increased  with  the  years  until  today  he  has  one  of  the  best  and 
most  extensively  patronized  hardware  stores  in  the  county,  outside  of 
Clinton.  He  handles  a  splendid  line  of  farming  tools  and  his  country  trade 
extends  over  a  wide  range  of  territory.  Owing  to  the  considerate  and 
honest  treatment  he  has  always  accorded  his  customers,  they  have  invari- 
ably remained  his  friends  and  he  is  deserving  of  the  large  success  that  he 
has  achieved  in  this  line. 

Mr.  Cossins  is  a  member  of  the  Masonic  order.  Monitor  Lodge  No. 
330,  at  Delmar,  Iowa,  and  also  belongs  to  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America 
at  Delmar.  Politically  he  is  a  Republican.  He  held  the  office  of  treasurer 
of  the  Delmar  schools  for  a  period  of  twenty-three  years,  during  which  time 
he  did  all  he  could  for  the  betterment  of  the  local  system. 

On  September  4,  1889,  Mr.  Cossins  was  married  to  Ella  Spencer,  who 
was  born  in  Canada  in  1862,  the  daughter  of  Benjamin  and  Mary  E. 
(Ware)  Spencer,  natives  of  Canada.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Cossins  are  the  parents 
of  three  children,  namely:  T.  Percy,  born  in  1891;  Mary  Ruth,  born  m 
1893,  and  Harlan  S.,  born  in  1895.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Cossins  are  very  pleasant 
people  and  their  cozy  and  cheerful  home  is  frequently  the  gathering  place 
for  their  numerous  friends. 


FRANCIS  PATRICK  McGINN. 

A  young  man  who  holds  worthy  prestige  in  business  circles  in  Clinton, 
who  has  always  been  distinctively  a  man  of  affairs  and  who  wields  a  wide 
influence  among  those  \vith  whom  he  has  been  associated  and  among  whom 
his  lot  has  been  cast,  is  Francis  Patrick  McGinn,  who  has  won  definite  suc- 
cess by  the  exercise  of  correct  principles. 

Mr.  McGinn  was  born  September  27,  1880,  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  five 
miles  from  the  city  of  Clinton.     He  is  the  son  of  Michael  McGinn,  who  was 


FRANCIS  P.   McGINN 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  961 

born  in  county  Galway,  Ireland,  and  his  mother  was  ^Margaret  (Fagin)  Mc- 
Ginn, who  was  born  in  New  Jersey  and  wdiose  death  occurred  in  1890.  The 
father  was  a  farmer  by  occupation.  He  grew  to  maturity  and  was  educated 
in  his  home  community,  and  he  came  to  America  on  January  25,  1866,  coming 
direct  to  Chnton  county,  where  he  rented  various  farms,  here  and  in  Jackson 
county,  and  in  1888  he  purchased  a  farm  in  Camanche  township.  He  was 
very  successful  as  a  farmer  and  had  a  good  home.  He  finally  sold  his  farm 
and  retired,  making  his  home  in  Clinton.  Desiring  to  spend  his  declining 
years  in  a  sunnier  clime  than  this,  he  went  to  California  some  time  ago  and  is 
now  a  resident  of  Los  Angeles.  He  is  a  Democrat  and  a  member  of  the 
Catholic  church. 

To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Michael  McGinn  three  sons  and  seven  daughters  were 
born,  namely:  Francis  Patrick,  of  this  review^  ;  Mamie,  Catherine,  Margaret, 
Rose,  Gertrude,  Martha :  the  next  child  was  named  Gertrude  after  the  fonner 
child  by  this  name  who  died  in  infancy;  Thomas  and  John. 

Francis  Patrick  McGinn  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Camanche 
township,  this  county,  and  after  leaving  school  he  went  into  the  dairy  busi- 
ness, having  Ijeen  employed  in  one  until  he  learned  how  to  manage  it.  He 
conducted  one  of  his  own  for  three  and  one  half  years  in  Clinton  where  he  met 
with  veiT  satisfactory  results.  He  finally  sold  out  and  in  1903  started  the 
"Pantatorium"  in  Clinton,  wliich  he  conducted  until  1907.  meeting  with  much 
encouragement  from  the  start.  He  then  began  assisting  in  the  establishment 
of  the  well  known  and  popular  C.  O.  D.  Cleaning  Company  in  Clinton  for  a 
Davenport  firm.  In  March,  1910,  he  and  Charles  M.  Fra'hm  purchased  this 
establishment  and  have  since  been  conducting  the  same  on  a  larger  scale  and 
have  increased  the  business  veiy  materially.  They  are  w^ell  equipped  for  the 
highest  grade  of  work,  and  thoroughness  and  promptness  are  their  watch- 
words. Mr.  McGinn  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church  and,  fraternally,  he 
belongs  to  the  Knights  of  Columbus,  the  Modern  Woodmen  and  the  Ben  Hur. 

Francis  P.  McGinn  was  married  on  October  23,  1906,  to  Loretta  Laugh- 
lin,  who  was  born  in  Lyons,  Iowa,  April  24,  1883.  She  is  the  daughter  of 
Michael  Francis  and  Elizabeth  (Carvel)  Laughlin,  who  live  in  Lyons,  this 
county,  and  are  a  highly  respected  family.  ■Mr.  and  Mrs.  McGinn  have  no 
children. 


OTTO  B.  ROENNFELDT. 

The  name  of  Roennfeldt  is  one  well  known  in  Center  township,  Clin- 
ton countv,  where  it  has  been  borne  by  three  generations  of  honorable  and 
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962  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

upright  men  and  women,  whose  Hves  are  here  briefly  recorded,  and  who 
have  been  influential  and  prominent  in  the  annals  of  their  community,  where 
their  presence  was  ever  a  force  for  good  and  for  its  best  development.    . 

Claus   D.    Roennfeldt,   the   grandfather   of   the   subject   of   this    sketch, 

was  born  in  Germany  in  1806,  and  there  married  Christina  .  who 

was  born  in  1804.  They  emigrated  to  the  United  States  with  three  children, 
two  sons  and  a  daughter,  in  1852,  landing  at  New  Orleans  on  June  2d  of 
that  year,  and  coming  up  the  Mississippi  in  a  steamboat,  arriving  at  Daven- 
port, Iowa,  on  Jnne  14th.  On  August  25th,  of  the  same  year,  Mr.  Roenn- 
feldt brought  his  family  to  the  farm  which  is  now  a  part  of  the  homestead 
of  his  grandson.  Otto.  He  was  one  of  the  first  Germans  to  settle  in  Center 
township  and  endured  the  privations  incident  to  the  lot  of  the  early  settler. 
Having  borrowed  considerable  money,  he  advanced  this  to  his  kindred 
and  friends  in  the  old  country  to  pay  their  passage  to  this  land.  He  was 
generous  even  to  a  fault.  Of  his  three  children.  Maggie  died  in  1854,  Fred- 
erick in  1885,  leaving  a  wife  and  six  children;  Mrs.  Roennfeldt  died  in 
1856,  and  Claus  D.  survived  until  July  21.  1886. 

Hans  D.  Roennfeldt  was  reared  on  the  farm  and  devoted  his  life  to 
that  calling.  He  was  first  married  in  November.  1858,  to  Caroline  Schwanz, 
who  died  in  1864.  On  Januaiw  20,  1865,  he  was  married  a  second  time  to 
Johanna  Schroeder.  who  was  born  on  May  20,  1845.  the  daughter  of  Joseph 
and  Margaret  Schroeder.  Joseph  Schroeder  was  born  on  October  31,  1806. 
and  died  on  April  11.  1884;  his  wife  was  born  on  October  30,  1816.  The 
children  of  Hans  D.  Roennfeldt  are,  with  the  dates  of  their  birth :  August 
F..  September  24.  1865;  Emma  F.,  July  13.  1868;  William  G.,  February 
20.  1870,  died  on  January  2.  1871  ;  Margaret  C,  February  8,  1872;  Caro- 
line S  ,  January  11,  1874;  Augusta  C,  January  2,  1876;  Herman  D.,  March 
18,  1878;  Otto  B.,  September  11.  1880;  Annie  E.,  August  24,  1883;  and 
Sophia.  May  14.  1885.  and  died  on  September  21st  of  the  same  year. 
Hans  D.  Roennfeldt  died  on  December  3.  1899.  and  was  buried  in  Ingwer- 
sen  cemetery.  He  was  the  owner  of  four  hundred  acres  of  land,  on  which 
he  erected  a  handsome  residence  and  a  large  and  convenient  barn.  He 
and  his  wife  were  active  workers  in  the  Lutheran  church,  and  ]\Ir.  Roenn- 
feldt was  prominent  in  the  local  activities  of  the  Republican  party.  There 
were  few  farmers  of  his  day  who  could  equal  him  in  the  conduct  of  a  fami 
in  the  most  profitable  manner. 

Otto  B.  Roennfeldt  was  born  and  reared  on  the  farm  and  attended 
the  common  schools,  and   for  one  vear  was  a  student  at  the  Clinton  hi^h 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  963 

school.  He  was  married  on  September  23,  1903,  to  Ella,  the  daughter  of 
Henry  and  Dora  Vogt,  of  Clinton  county.  Her  father  was  American 
born  and  her  mother  a  native  of  Germany.  Her  father  was  long  a 
blacksmith,  residing  at  Goose  Lake,  this  county,  and  was  well  known  for 
miles  about.  He  died  on  November  21,  1900,  of  appendicitis,  and  was 
buried  at  Tngwersen  cemetery.  His  wife  still  resides  at  Goose  Lake.  Dora 
was  the  eldest  of  four  children.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Otto  Roennfeldt  began 
married  life  on  their  present  farm  of  two  hundred  acres,  which  was  the 
homestead  of  his  father  and  grandfather.  Mr.  Roennfeldt  is  a  hustler 
and  follows  general  farming  and  stock  raising,  keeping  a  goodly  number 
of  all  kinds  of  stock,  including  good  grade  Shorthorn  cattle  and  draft  horses, 
ready  for  the  market.  The  farm  is  well  known  for  its  extensive  improve- 
ments and  for  the  excellence  of  its  soil.  Its  owner  is  a  business-like  young 
man,  up-to-date  and  full  of  enterprise.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat.  His 
stepmother  resides  with  him.  One  child  has  been  born  to  his  marriage,  a 
son,  Vernon,  born  on  December  16,  1904. 


REV.  FR.  M.   T.  HENNESSY. 

Such  a  life  as  that  led  by  Rev.  Fr.  M.  J.  Hennessy,  pastor  of 
St.  Patrick's  church,  near  De  Witt,  Iowa,  is  to  be  held  up  as  a  worthy 
example  to  the  youth  of  the  land.  He  was  born  in  county  Limerick,  Ire- 
land, in  February,  1856.  He  received  an  excellent  education  in  the  public 
schools  and  in  Christian  Brothers  College,  and  in  the  Diocesan  College  at 
Limerick  and  St.  Patrick's  College  at  Thurles,  county  Tipperary,  where  he 
spent  five  years.  In  October,  1879,  he  came  to  America  and  located  in 
Dubuque,  Iowa,  where  he  finished  his  education  and  was  ordained  in 
August,  1881,  at  the  cathedral,  by  Bishop  Hennessy.  His  first  appointment 
was  as  assistant  to  Father  O'Dowd,  of  St.  Mary's,  temporarily,  having  re- 
mained there  two  months,  then  was  sent  to  Boone.  Iowa,  for  a  short  time,  one 
month,  thence  to  St.  Rose,  at  Waucoma,  Fayette  county,  Iowa.  Then  he 
was  for  a  period  of  two  years,  by  appointment,  at  St.  Theresa,  Jackson 
county,  Iowa;  he  then  spent  three  and  one-half  years  at  Monti,  Buchanan 
county,  Iowa,  then  served  St.  Patrick's  church  at  Nevada  and  Colorado. 
Then,  after  serving  three  years  and  six  months  on  three  charges,  in  1898, 
he    was   appointed    to    the   pastorate   of   St.    Patrick's   church,    Washington 


964  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

township,  Clinton  county,  and  here  he  spends  his  entire  time,  having  no 
other  charge,  and  is  doing  his  utmost  for  the  material  and  spiritual  wel- 
fare of  his  congregation,  building  up  the  church,  as  he  has  done  in  all  his 
work,  and  he  is  much  beloved  by  all  his  congregation,  being  a  faithful 
and  devoted  worker.  The  church  was  established  by  a  missionarv  priest, 
the  first  services  being  held  in  a  farm  house,  continuing  thus  until  1883, 
when  the  present  substantial  brick  structure  was  erected,  at  a  cost  of 
twenty-five  thousand  dollars.  J.  J.  Garland  was  pastor  and  Rt.  Rev.  J. 
Hennessy  was  bishop.  The  church  has  a  fine  altar  and  is  beautifully  decor- 
ated, spacious  and  attractive.  After  its  organization  the  congregation  was 
first  served  by  Fr.  Thomas  McCormick,  and  the  first  baptism  was  administered 
to  Michael  McDermot  in  1875.  The  first  marriage  celebrated  here  was  that 
of  Henry  Winters  and  Sarah  Showalters,  by  Rev.  Fr.  McCormick.  The 
good  work  has  been  carried  on  here  by  the  following  priests  since  his  day  :  J.  J. 
Gafiny,  J.  Garland,  D.  Reardon,  T.  Kiernan,  Fr.  Hennessy  (nine  months), 
John  ]\Ialoy,  and  the  subject,  who  took  up  his  work  here  in  August,  1898. 
He  has  kept  up  the  property  and  placed  it  in  excellent  condition,  keeping  the 
place  sanitary,  attractive  and  inviting,  spending  considerable  money  on  the 
cemetery  and  bringing  everything  up  to  a  high  standard  of  excellence.  An 
excellent  water  works  system  has  been  installed,  hot  and  cold  water  being 
available,  modern  bath  and  up-to-date  appliances,  all  at  his  own  expense. 

Politically,  he  is  a  Democrat,  but  reserves  the  right  to  vote  for  the  man 
whom  he  deems  worthiest  to  fill  the  office  sought,  and  he  makes  no  efforts 
to  be  a  politician.  He  is  a  well  educated,  genial,  good-natured  and  devout 
Christian  gentleman. 


CHARLES  MATTHEW  FRAHM. 

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The  life  of  Charles  Matthew'  Frahm  has  not  been  of  an  unusual  character. 
Rather  than  strange  or  tragic,  it  has  been  quiet  and  unostentatious,  a  life  that 
has  resulted  in  no  harm  to  those  who  have  come  under  its  influence.  Though 
yet  a  young  man,  Mr.  Frahm  has  become  well  established  in  business  and  in 
years  to  come  will  doubtless  hold  a  high  rank  in  the  commercial  life  of  this 
community. 

Mr.  Frahm  was  born  in  West  Chicago,  June  21,  1881,  and  is  the  son  of 
Charles  M.  and  Ida  (Schwen)  Frahm.  the  father  a  native  of  Davenport,  Iowa, 
and  the  mother  of  Chicago.     In  the  last  named  city,  the  father  maintained  a 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  965 

Store  for  many  years  and  was  a  successful  retail  clothier  by  occupation,  a  man 
of  good  business  qualifications  and  correct  life  principles.  His  family  con- 
sisted of  four  children,  namely:  Charles  M.,  of  this  review;  Arthur ;  Mrs. 
Alma  Nougey.  of  Davenport,  and  Mrs.  Ada  Swing,  of  Chicago. 

Charles  M.  Frahm.  of  this  review,  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of 
Chicago  and  when  a  young  man  he  entered  a  laundry  and  learned  the  business. 
He  finally  moved  to  Davenport,  Iowa,  and  on  November  ii,  1907,  he  was  sent 
to  Clinton,  this  state,  for  the  purpose  of  conducting  a  dyeing  and  cleaning  estab- 
lishment, known  as  the  C.  O.  D.  Cleaning  Company  and  owned  by  a  Davenport 
firm.  Mr.  Frahm  was  financially  interested  in  the  l)usiness  and,  foreseeing 
that  a  local  firm  would  be  more  successful  and  1>etter  patronized  by  Clinton 
people,  he  set  about  the  organization  of  a  local  concern,  in  March,  19 10, 
which  resulted  in  he  and  F.  L.  McGinn  buying  the  C.  O.  D.  Cleaning  Com- 
panv  and  they  now  operate  it  for  themselves.  They  are  elated  over  the  very 
noticeable  increase  in  business  during  the  past  few  months  and  are  being  well 
patronized.  Their  work  gives  eminent  satisfaction,  being  of  a  very  high 
order  and  promptly  and  conscientiously  done.  Their  place  of  business  is 
properly  equipped  with  the  most  modern  appliances  and  is  operated  on  im- 
proved lines.  The  honesty  and  integrity  of  these  gentlemen  is  unquestioned 
and  the  nature  of  their  work  is  indicative  of  their  ability  and  integrity. 

Mr.  Frahm  was  married  on  September  9,  1901.  to  jNIay  Bentler,  who 
was  born  in  Davenport,  Iowa,  and  is  the  daughter  of  John  and  Lena  Bentler. 
Her  mother  died  when  she  was  two  years  old.  John  Bentler  is  caretaker  of 
the  United  States  arsenal  on  Government  Island,  between  Davenport  and 
Rock  Island.     Mr.  and  Mrs.  Frahm  have  no  children. 

Mr.  Frahm  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church,  the  Royal  Arcanum  and 
the  Modern  Brotherhood  of  America,  and  he  is  faithful  in  the  discharge  of 
his  duties  as  a  church  and  lodge  man. 


AARON  P.  RECORD. 

For  various  reasons  Aaron  P.  Record,  one  of  the  substantial  and 
highly  esteemed  citizens  of  Camanche  township,  Clinton  county,  is  deemed 
eligible  for  specific  mention  in  this  volume,  not  the  least  of  which  is  the 
fact  that  he  was  one  of  the  brave  "boys  in  blue"  who  offered  his  services 
durine  the  dark  davs  of  the  sixties,   in   defense  of  the  beloved   Stars  and 


966  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA, 

Stripes  "that  have  never  touched  the  ground."  His  Hfe  has  been  one  of 
honest  endeavor  and  filled  with  good  deeds  throughout,  and  now.  in  its 
golden  evening,  he  is  enjoying  a  respite  in  his  serene  and  attractive  home 
at  Camanche. 

]Mr.  Record  was  born  May  30.  1841.  in  Dutchess  county.  New  York, 
the  son  of  Crandal  and  Mary  (Bush)  Record.  The  father  was  born  on 
April  5,  1805,  and  died  April  20.  1883.  The  mother  was  born  Septem- 
ber 10,  1803,  and  died  March  9,  1892.  They  were  buried  at  Union  cem- 
etery, this  county.  They  emigrated  from  New  York  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  arriving  here  on  April  5,  1855,  and  settled  in  Eden  township  where 
Mr  Record  purchased  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land  and  there  en- 
gaged in  farming.  They  were  the  parents  of  three  sons,  namely:  William 
H.,  John  P.,  and  Aaron  P.,  of  this  review:  the  first  two  named  are  deceased. 

Aaron  P.  Record  spent  his  youth  at  home  and  his  schooling  was 
limited.  When  the  war  between  the  states  began,  although  he  was  but 
nineteen  years  of  age  he  proA^ed  his  patriotism  and  courage  by  enlisting, 
on  July  12,  1861,  in  Company  A,  Eighth  Iowa  Infantry,  and  he  was  dis- 
charged on  April  20,  1866,  his  services  having  extended  over  a  period 
of  four  years,  nine  months  and  eight  days.  He  is  justly  proud  of  his  war 
record,  his  long  ser\-ice  in  defense  of  the  Union  proving  his  gallantry  and 
his  loyalty:  but  few.  if  any,  of  the  veterans  of  his  company  saw  longer 
service.  He  was  in  many  important  battles,  including  Shiloh,  Vicksburg, 
through  the  siege  there;  Jackson,  Raymond,  Champion  Hill,  and  many 
others.  He  was  taken  prisoner  at  Shiloh  and  was  confined  in  prison  at 
Macon,  Georgia,  Tuscaloosa,  Alabama,  and  Libby,  Richmond.  Virginia,  for 
six  months  and  ten  days.  He  was  paroled  out  in  November  and  ex- 
changed the  following  April.  Mr.  Record  saw  men  fall  at  his  right  and 
left,  had  his  canteen  and  haversack  shot  from  his  person,  but  he  was  never 
wounded.     He  won  the  praise  of  his  comrades  and  officers. 

Upon  his  return  from  the  army,  Mr.  Record,  then  twenty-four  years 
old,  entered  school  and  spent  two  and  one-half  years  obtaining  a  practical 
education.  He  is  a  well  read  man,  in  fact,  one  of  the  best  posted  citi- 
zens of  this  community,  having  always  been  an  ardent  student. 

Mr.  Record  was  married  February  17,  1875,  to  Hannah  M.  Davy, 
daughter  of  William  and  Mariah  Davy.  Mrs.  Record  died  June  8,  1881. 
To  this  union  three  children  were  born,  namely :  Mary  I.,  bom  December 
10.  1875.  married  Mr.  Van  Epps,  of  this  county;  Bert,  born  March  9, 
1878,  married  Leta  Smith;  Blanche  L.,  born  December  9,  1880.  married 
G.  L.  McKinzie,  of  Olathe,  Kansas,  where  he  is  engaged  as  a  florist.     The 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  967 

father  of  these  children  married  again,  his  second  wife  being  Mrs.  Carrie 
A.  Dinsmore,  whose  maiden  name  was  Coffman ;  the  daughter  of  Noah 
and  Rhoda  Coffman.  Her  father  was  a  native  of  Indiana,  where  he  w-as 
born  May  17.  1808.  and  he  died  June  26,  1892;  the  mother  was  a  native 
of  Ohio  and  was  born  November  2.  i8ti,  dying  February  3,  1883.  The 
parents  of  Mrs.  Record  were  married  on  January  i,  1832,  and  they  came 
to  Chnton  county,  Iowa,  in  1855,  where  they  purchased  one  hundred  and 
sixty  acres  of  land  in  Eden  township.  There  Mr.  Coffman  lived  and  en- 
gaged in  farming  with  the  exception  of  the  Inst  five  years  of  his  life,  which 
were  s])ent  in  Camanche.  whither  he  had  mo\'e(l  and  where  his  death  oc- 
curred. He  and  his  wife  are  both  buried  in  Union  cemetery.  They  were 
the  parents  of  thirteen  children,  four  of  \A-hom  are  living,  Mrs.  Record 
being  the  tenth  in  order  of  birth.  The  parents  were  members  of  the  Metho- 
dist Episcopal  church.  Mr.  Coffman  was  a  well  known  and  highly  re- 
soected  citizen,  honest  and  upright  in  all  his  dealings.  Shortly  after  mov- 
ing here  he  turned  his  horses  out  to  graze  and  one  of  them  swarm  the  Mis- 
sissippi river. 

Mr.  Record  began  his  first  married  life  on  his  father's  farm,  which  he 
purchased  on  September  14,  1881,  pnd  where  he  made  his  home  until  1904, 
when  he  sold  his  farm  and  moved  to  Camanche,  where  he  purchased  good 
propertv.  having  moved  to  this  place  in  order  to  give  his  children  l^etter 
school  advantages.  For  the  past  eight  years  he  has  been  employed  as 
United  States  mail  carrier,  delivering  the  mail  from  the  Northwestern  rail- 
road station  to  the  Camanche  postoffice. 

Mr.  Record  is  a  member  of  the  Masonic  order,  having  attained  the 
degree  of  Knight  Temphr.  He  is  also  a  member  of  the  Independent  Order 
of  Odd  Fellows  and  Knights  of  Pythias.  He  is  a  loyal  Republican.  Both 
he  and  his  wife  are  members  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church. 

To  Mr.  Record's  last  union  one  son  was  born.  Vernon.  March  3.  1894. 
He  is  a  graduate  of  the  Camanche  schools  and  is  now  taking  a  college 
course.  Mr.  Record  has  three  grandchildren.  Lawn-ence  VanEpps,  Muriel 
Record  and  Leslie  P.  McKinzie. 


HENRY  C.  PETERS. 


Clinton    county   is   well   recognized   as   being  one   of   the   best   farming 
regions   in    Iowa,   and   indeed   in   the   United    States,    for   the   best   farming 


968  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

sections  in  Iowa  ha\'e  no  superior  in  this  country.  Fortunate  or  wise 
were  those  who  early  settled  on  her  fertile  prairies,  whose  amazing  rich- 
ness has  brought  to  them  prosperity  beyond  even  their  wildest  dreams  in 
early  times.  Certainly  the  prairies  of  Clinton  county  are  a  beautiful  and 
invigorating  sight,  when  covered  with  the  green  fields  of  tasseling  corn, 
variegated  with  the  verdant  sward  of  the  pastures  and  meadows,  on  which 
fat  cattle  are  grazing.  Such  sights  cause  the  traveler  to  envy  the  lot  of 
those  who,  like  Mr.  Peters,  are  the  owners  and  cultivators  of  these  wonder- 
ful farms. 

Henry  C.  Peters  was  born  in  Germany  in  1868,  and  there  educated. 
In  1882  he  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and,  recognizing  the  oppor- 
tunities which  its  farms  offered  to  men  of  will  and  ability,  selected  farming 
as  his  occupation.  At  present  he  owns  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of 
land  and  carries  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising  and  feeding.  In 
this  latter  especially  he  has  been  very  successful,  and  his  herds  would  make 
a  creditable  showing  anywhere.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  while  his 
religious  affiliations  are  with  the  Lutheran  church. 

Mr.  Peters  was  married  in  1894  to  Abelina  Hilbert,  a  daughter  of 
Henry  Hilbert,  mentioned  in  this  work.  To  their  union  have  been  born 
two  children,  Anna,  born  March  6,  1896,  and  Ferdinand,  born  April  6, 
i8q7,  both  of  whom  are  now  attending  school,  where  they  are  progressing 
well. 

Mr.  Peters  is  a  stanch  and  sturdy  specimen  of  the  thrifty  German 
farmer,  whose  industry  and  energy  have  put  him  to  the  front  among  agri- 
culturists of  his  township  and  whose  genialty  and  cleverness  have  won 
for  him  many  friends. 


FRANK  LOHBERG. 


It  is  proper  to  judge  of  the  success  and  the  status  of  a  man's  life  by  the 
estimation  in  which  he  is  held  by  his  fellow  citizens,  for  they  cannot  help  but 
know  the  man's  character  in  all  his  relations  with  his  fellow  men.  what  his 
ideas  and  ideals  are,  what  his  aims  and  ambitions  have  been  and  of  the  things 
that  go  to  show  the  world  the  attributes  of  head  and  heart  of  the  individual. 
Frank  Lohberg,  who  is  now  sleeping  in  the  profound  silence  of  God's  Acre, 
passed  so  many  successful  and  useful  years  here  that  his  worth  was  well 


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known  and  no  one  has  ever  spoken  in  disparaging  terms  of  him.  All  revere 
his  memory  and  recall  many  acts  of  kindness  or  charity  which  he  was  wont 
to  perform  of  the  fullness  of  his  heart,  but  not  for  the  praise  of  his  fellows, 
having  had  the  same  characteristics  of  his  honored  and  popular  father,  Franz 
Lohberg,  who  was  one  of  the  notable  men  of  his  day  and  generation  in  eastern 
Iowa. 

Frank  Lohberg  was  born  October  27,  1866,  in  Lyons,  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  and  he  was  the  son  of  Franz  and  Elizabeth  (Hoeing)  Lohberg,  the 
father  born  in  1829  in  Westphalia,  Germany,  he  having  been  the  son  of 
Joseph  and  Agnes  (Benneman)  Lohberg.  Joseph  Lohberg  was  a  man  of 
many  sterling  characteristics,  which  have  been  handed  down  to  succeeding 
generations.  Though  the  smallest  of  a  family  of  fourteen  children,  he  was 
six  feet  and  two  inches  in  height  and  was  well  proportioned,  being  a  man  of 
imposing  presence  and  attractive  personality.  This  family  was  not  only 
sturdy  physically,  but  intellectually  and  morally  as  well. 

Franz  Lohberg  grew  to  maturity  in  his  native  country  and  received 
a  good  education  in  the  schools  there.  He  was  always  more  or  less  a  student 
and  by  wide  home  reading  and  actual  contact  with  the  social  and  business 
world  he  became  a  man  of  high  intellectual  attainments,  well  informed  on  the 
current  topics  of  the  day  and  familiar  with  the  world's  best  literature,  although 
he  led  a  veiy  active  and  strenuous  life.  He  was  a  man  of  rare  business 
acumen  and  had  his  business  so  systematized  in  all  its  departments  that  he 
managed  everything  with  rare  ease  and  sureness.  Believing  that  the  United 
States  held  greater  advantages  for  a  man  of  his  temperament,  he  accordingly 
emigrated  to  our  shores  and  located  in  Ouincy,  Illinois,  in  1852,  and  the  follow- 
ing year  found  him  at  Lyons,  Iowa,  ^^'ith  that  keen  discernment  which 
characterized  his  entire  career,  he  foresaw  the  great  future  of  this  locality  and 
decided  to  make  it  the  scene  of  his  future  operations.  For  a  number  of  years 
he  worked  for  Allen  &  Waynecup.  He  was  a  brewer  by  profession,  and  a  most 
excellent  one.  so  that  his  services  were  in  great  demand.  He  saved  his  earn- 
ings and  when  the  lumbering  industry  was  in  its  infancy  here,  he  purchased 
the  McGill  lumber  business,  which  he  managed  in  a  manner  that  brought  him 
an  ample  competency  and  stamped  him  as  one  of  the  leading  lumber  dealers  in 
this  part  of  the  state.  His  business  gradually  increased  from  year  to  year  and 
branched  out  over  an  extensive  field  by  reason  of  his  judicious  management. 
His  grandsons,  mentioned  below,  are  continuing  the  business  successfully,  fol- 
lowing out  the  lines  which  he  inaugurated.  He  took  an  interest  in  public 
affairs,  and,  in  fact,  whatever  tended  to  the  general  advancement  of  Lyons 


970  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

and  Clinton  county,  and  was  one  of  the  substantial  and  prominent  citizens  of 
this  locality,  no  man  being  more  influential  in  local  affairs.  He  was  one  of 
the  founders  of  the  German  Club  here.  The  death  of  Franz  Lohberg  occurred 
about  twenty  years  ago,  on  May  6,  1891,  but  he  is  still  Well  remembered  and 
his  influence  still  pervades  and  inspires  the  lives  of  many  who  were  closely 
associated  with  him,  for  he  had  made  a  host  of  friends  here  and  was  popular 
among  them.  He  married  Elizabeth  Hoeing  in  1853,  in  Quincy,  Illinois. 
She  was  born  on  July  4,  1827,  and  is  still  living,  making  her  home  on 
Division  street,  Lyons,  Iowa.  She  has  been  a  most  faithful  helpmeet  and 
her  counsel  and  encouragement  were  responsible  in  no  small  degree  for  her 
husband's  phenomenal  success  and  popularity. 

Two  children  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Franz  Lohberg,  one  daughter 
dying  in  infancy,  and  Frank,  the  immediate  subject  of  this  review.  This 
family  are  stanch  Catholics  and  have  always  been  liberal  supporters  of  the 
mother  church. 

Frank  Lohberg  was  reared  in  Lyons  and  received  a  good  education  in  the 
local  schools.  He  worked  for  his  father  in  the  lumber  business  until  the 
latter's  death  and  then  took  charge  of  the  same  and  managed  it  in  a  very  able 
and  successful  manner  for  a  period  of  six  years.  On  August  23,  1907,  he 
sold  out  to  Ingwersen  &  Berbeck,  and  on  October  17th  of  that  year  his  death 
occurred,  his  taking  off  while  yet  in  the  zenith  of  life's  powers  and  usefulness 
being  a  saddening  blow  to  his  many  friends.  He  was  a  member  of  the 
Masonic  fraternity  and  worthily  upheld  the  high  principles  of  this  time-hon- 
ored order. 

Mr.  Lohberg  was  married  in  June,  1887,  to  Minnie  Forret.  She  is  a 
lady  of  admirable  personality  and  has  a  wide  circle  of  friends  here.  She  is 
the  daughter  of  Jacob  and  Louisa  (Gundenfinger)  Forret,  of  Preston,  Iowa, 
her  birth  having  occurred  in  1871.  Her  parents  were  people  of  fine  character- 
istics and  well  known  in  their  neighborhood. 

Three  children  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Frank  Lohberg.  named  as 
follows:  Franz,  Fred  and  Louis,  all  young  men  of  splendid  business  attain- 
ments and  worthy  sons  of  worthy  forbears,  who  are  striving  to  uphold  the 
untarnished  escutcheon  of  an  honored  family  name. 

The  neat,  commodious  and  well  furnished  home  of  Mrs.  Lohberg  is  at 
Division  and  Main  streets,  Lyons,  and  here  is  frequently  shared  a  genuine 
hospitality  with  the  many  friends  of  herself  and  family. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  971 

JOHN  EDWARD  SCHOENTHALER. 

The  state  of  Iowa  is  a  farming  state,  and  owes  its  high  rank  in  production 
among  the  states  to  the  value  of  its  farm  products,  while  of  the  citizens  who 
have  given  the  state  such  a  high  reputation  for  the  character  of  its  inhabitants, 
the  greater  number  are  active  residents  of  the  agricultural  districts.  Iowa 
farmers  are  known  throughout  the  nation  as  honorable,  substantial  and  pros- 
perous men,  and  Mr.  Schoenthaler  is  a  farmer  high  above  the  ordinary,  one 
of  the  best  lowan  type. 

John  Edward  Schoenthaler  was  born  in  Jackson  county.  Iowa,  on  July  i8, 
1 871',  the  son  of  John  Schoenthaler,  mentioned  in  this  work.  He  w^as  reared 
in  Elwood,  Clinton  county,  to  which  place  his  parents  moved  when  he  was  six 
years  old,  and  there  attended  the  public  schools.  In  1903  he  moved  to  the 
fami  of  eighty  acres  on  which  he  now  resides,  which  his  father  had  bought 
in  1902.  Here  he  carries  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising  very  profitably. 
In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat.  Fraternally  he  is  a  member  of  the  Modern 
Woodmen  of  America,  and  he  and  his  family  attend  the  Lutheran  church. 

On  February  20,  1895,  Mr.  Schoenthaler  w^as  married  to  Amanda  Jorgen- 
sen,  born  in  Berlin  township,  Clinton  county,  the  daughter  of  Soren  and  Bertha 
Jorgensen.  To  this  marriage  have  been  born  two  children,  Louise  Ottillie, 
born  on  March  22,  11896,  and  Orville  Leon,  born  on  December  20,  1901. 

Soren  Jorgensen  w^as  born  in  Denmark  on  January  10,  1846,  the  son  of 
Neilson  and  Christina  (Frederickson)  Jorgensen,  natives  of  Denmark.  His 
parents  spent  their  lives  in  Denmark,  his  father  being  a  farmer  by  occupation. 
Of  their  family  of  six,  four,  Christina,  Mary,  Bertha  and  Marian,  are  still 
living  in  Denmark;  one  son,  Jergen,  lives  in  Dakota.  Soren  attended  school 
in  Denmark,  and  when  twenty  years  of  age  emigrated  to  Wisconsin,  where 
he  worked  on  a  farm  for  one  year.  He  then  came  to  Clinton  county  and  be- 
gan to  rent  in  Brookfield  township,  then,  in  1872,  bought  eighty  acres  in  Ber- 
lin township,  where  he  now^  lives  and  carries  on  general  farming.  Since  com- 
ing to  this  country  he  has  1)een  a  member  of  the  Republican  party  and  has 
served  as  school  director.  He  and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Lutheran 
church.  On  June  26,  1869,  he  was  married  to  Bertha  Roden,  who  was  born 
in  Bluegrass,  Scott  county,  Iowa,  the  daughter  of  E.  A.  Roden.  Some  years 
after  her  death  he  was  married  to  Ottillie  Roden,  who  was  born  in  Scott  county 
on  November  4,  1858.  Mr.  Jorgensen  is  the  father  of  five  children,  Albert, 
Mrs.  Caroline  Minster,  Mrs.  Amanda  Schoenthaler,  Laura,  and  Lawrence. 
His  neighbors  esteem  him  highly  for  his  integrity  and  uprightness. 

Mr.  Schoenthaler  is  one  of  the  more  progressive  young  farmers  of  his 
township,  and  very  practical  in  all  his  work. 


972  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

LANGWORTHY  J.  BUELL. 

The  labors  of  Langworthy  J.  Buell,  well  known  citizen  of  Hampshire 
township,  this  county,  have  been  directed  along  such  worthy  and  conservative 
lines  as  to  bring  definite  results,  and  he  now  finds  himself  in  possession  of 
valuable  property  and  a  comfortable  home  as  a  result  of  his  long  years  of 
persistent  labor  and  careful  planning. 

Mr.  Buell  was  born  in  Lyons,  Iowa,  September  8,  1854.  He  is  the  son 
of  Elijah  Buell,  who  had  the  distinction  of  being  the  first  settler  of  Clinton 
county  and  who  was  a  prominent  and  influential  character  here  in  the  days 
of  the  pioneers  and  who  is  given  prominent  mention  in  this  work. 

The  subject  was  next  to  the  youngest  child  in  his  family.  He  was  edu- 
cated in  the  public  schools  and  grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  place.  He  later 
attended  the  Clinton  Business  College,  and  in  1872  and  1873  he  took  the 
scientific  agricultural  course  at  the  university  at  Ames,  Iowa.  Thus  well 
equipped  for  his  life  work,  he  returned  to  Lyons,  after  leaving  college,  and 
lived  with  his  father  until  he  was  married,  which  event  took  place  on  March 
4,  1878,  to  Sarah  Andice  Henderson,  who  was  born  February  7,  1859,  in  Ohio. 
This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  the  following  children :  Gladys,  bom 
May  26,  1880,  is  deceased;  Cleon,  of  Chicago,  was  born  on  May  30,  1882, 
and  is  the  wife  of  Dr.  Harry  V.  Shaw;  Lloyd  L.  was  born  July  18,  1886; 
George,  now  deceased,  was  born  March  8,  1889. 

In  1878  Mr.  Buell  came  to  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in 
Hampshire  township.  His  father  had  entered  forty  acres  from  the  govern- 
ment. He  has  placed  many  substantial  improvements  on  the  place  and  has 
been  verv  successful  as  a  farmer  and  stock  man,  having  devoted  a  great  deal 
of  his  attention  to  raising  shorthorn  cattle  for  twenty-five  years,  but  he  now 
carries  on  mixed  farming.  He  has  an  excellent  farm  and  a  comfortable 
home.  It  is  located  in  the  northeast  quarter  of  section  35,  township  82. 
range  6. 

Politically  he  is  a  Democrat.  He  takes  a  great  deal  of  interest  in  local 
afi^airs  and  has  held  the  offices  of  school  director,  etc.,  also  some  of  the  town- 
ship offices.  He  was  township  clerk  for  six  years  and  trustee  for  two  5'ears. 
Like  his  honored  father  before  him,  he  takes  an  interest  in  whatever  tends  to 
the  betterment  of  the  county  in  any  way  and  he  is  recognized  as  a  leader  in 
local  affairs.  He  is  a  man  whose  word  is  as  good  if  not  better  than  the  bond 
of  many  men,  and  he  takes  a  delight  in  meeting  his  fellow  men  half  way  and 
on  the  square.  By  such  characteristics  he  has  won  their  confidence  and  uni- 
versal respect  and  maintained  the  high  standard  of  citizenship  set  by  his  hon- 
ored father. 


LANGWORTHY  J.  BUELL 


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CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  973 

LOUIS  E.  FAY. 

Ill  this  review  are  mentioned  briefly  the  facts  in  the  Hfe  of  the  gentle- 
man who  founded  the  business  now  carried  on  by  himself  and  his  brother 
under  the  name  of  Fay  Brothers.  Fay  Brothers  are  without  question 
the  most  successful  publishers  of  a  newspaper  in  Clinton,  and  their  paper 
substantiates  all  claims  made  in  its  behalf. 

Louis  E.  Fay  was  born  at  De  Witt,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  September 
21,  1 86 1,  the  son  of  Horace  Amsden  and  Calista  J.  (Darrah)  Fay.  Horace 
Amsden  Fay  was  born  in  Lebanon,  Grafton  county,  New  Hampshire, 
December  7,  1827.  His  father  was  Joseph  Packard  Fay,  who  was  born 
in  Belchertown,  Massachusetts,  April  25,  1792,  and  died  at  Concord,  New 
Hampshire,  September  9,  1872.  Charlotte  (Hyde)  Fay,  his  mother,  was 
born  in  Norwich,  Vermont.  June  6,  1792,  and  died  in  Concord,  New  Hamp- 
shire, February  15,  1872. 

Barnabas  Fay,  the  father  of  Joseph  P.,  was  born  in  Hard  wick,  Mas- 
sachusetts, October  30,  1758,  and  served  in  the  Revolution  under  Wash- 
ington, crossing  the  Delaware  with  him,  and  enduring  the  terrible  winter 
at  Valley  Forge.  His  wife,  Chloe  (Packard)  Fay,  was  born  in  Bridge- 
water,  Massachusetts,  November  22,  1762,  and  died  at  Lebanon,  New 
Hampshire,  July  19,  1848.  For  several  years  previous  to  her  death  she 
drew  a  pension  as  a  Revolutionary  widow.  James  Fay,  the  father  of 
Barnabas,  sen-ed  in  the  Revolution  and  died  in  the  army.  Barnabas  Fay, 
with  five  children,  moved  to  Lebanon,  New  Hampshire,  near  the  close  of 
the  last  century  and  established  a  cloth  dresser's  business.  About  1816 
he  and  his  son,  Joseph  P.,  moved  to  a  farm  near  Lebanon,  New  Hampshire, 
where  Horace  A.  Fay  was  born. 

Horace  A.  Fay  attended  the  common  schools  and  had  one  term  at  the 
Lebanon  Liberal  Institute,  but  was  prevented  from  going  to  college  by 
financial  reverses  which  overtook  the  family.  For  a  time  he  worked  in  a 
grocery  store  and  was  for  the  seven  years  from  1843  to  1850  employed  in 
a  carpet  and  crockery  warehouse,  at  the  expiration  of  which  time  he  went 
in  with  his  employer,  the  firm  bearing  the  name  of  Page  &  Fay.  Their 
store  burned  and  what  goods  were  saved  were  removed  to  the  rotunda  of 
the  State  House.  Mr.  Fay  sold  his  interest,  and  the  next  spring,  together 
with  others,  erected  the  Merchants  Exchange  building,  then  the  largest  and 
best  in  the  city.  He  was  a  Democrat,  strong  against  disunionism  and 
Knownothingism.     In  1856  he  made  many  speeches  in  favor  of  Buchanan, 


974  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  burden  of  which  was  devotion  to  the  Union.  There  was  then  a  strong 
disunion  sentiment  in  New  Hampshire  and  Mr.  Fay  made  many  enemies. 
He  was  a  member  of  the  committee  of  seven  appointed  by  the  Democrats 
of  Concord  to  receive  President  Pierce  on  his  visit  to  Concord  that  year. 

In  the  spring  of  1857  Mr.  Fay  sold  out  his  stock  of  goods  and  went 
west  immediately  after  the  election,  intending  to  go  to  St.  Anthony's  Falls, 
now  Minneapolis,  but  at  Chicago  he  met  a  former  townsman,  Governor 
Baker,  and  with  him  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa.  Here  he  and  C.  H.  Toll 
bought  a  raft  of  lumber  and  shipped  it  to  De  Witt,  and  in  July  Mr.  Fay 
built  a  wa'rehouse  opposite  the  depot  at  De  Witt.  In  September,  1857, 
he  returned  to  New  Hampshire,  and  on  the  15th  of  that  month  was  mar- 
ried to  Calista  J.  Darrah,  the  daughter  of  Isaac  and  Rachel  (Watts)  Darrah, 
of  Bedford.  The  bridal  couple  came  to  De  Witt  and  began  housekeeping 
in  rooms  over  the  warehouse,  where  they  stayed  for  a  year.  Mr.  Fay  then 
entered  the  stock  and  grain  buying  business  and  was  the  first  to  take  out 
a  "broker's  license"  in  De  Witt.  He  handled  most  of  the  money  in  the 
town,  one  year  five  hundred  thousand  dollars  passing  through  his  hands. 
In  1864  he  bought  land  near  De  W^itt  and  farmed  most  of  the  time  until 
i'874.  when  he  bought  an  interest  in  the  Clinton  Chair  Company,  and  worked 
as  bookkeeper  for  the  company  one  year,  then  returned  to  his  farm.  In 
1877  he  entered  P.  B.  Wolfe's  office  as  a  real  estate  agent,  and  had  been 
there  but  a  short  time  when  J.  C.  Hopkins,  the  editor  and  publisher  of  the 
Clinton  County  Advertiser,  asked  Judge  Wolfe  to  recommend  a  good  man 
to  him  as  correspondent  at  De  Witt  for  the  Advertiser.  He  recommended 
Mr.  Fav,  who  was  immediatelv  engao:ed  and  entered  his  new  field  with  much 
energy.  That  year  the  circulation  of  the  paper  was  so  much  increased 
that  the  board  of  supervisors  elected  it  as  one  of  the  official  papers  of  the 
county,  and  in  1883  the  De  Witt  office  was  moved  to  Mr.  Fay's  new  build- 
ing- In  that  same  year  his  son  purchased  the  paper.  Horace  A.  Fay  re- 
mained actively  connected  with  the  Advertiser  as  De  Witt  editor  until  his 
death,  on  March  18,  1905.  For  many  years  he  had  been  a  member  of  the 
school  board  of  De  Witt,  being  first  elected  in  1866,  and  was  a  long  time 
justice  of  the  peace.  He  \vas  a  man  of  much  public  spirit,  and  was  much  in- 
terested in  all  advancement.     His  wife  died  on  January  16,  1910. 

Louis  E.  Fay  was  born  September  21,  1861,  at  De  Witt,  and  attended 
school  there  in  the  winter,  spending  his  summers  on  the  farm.  When  sixteen 
he  entered  the  Advertiser  office  as  a  "devil"  at  three  dollars  per  week.  He 
was  a   faithful  worker  and  eager  to  please,   soon  became   foreman   of  the 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    TOWA.  975 

office,  then  local  editor  and  later  manager.  He  thus  learned  all  branches 
of  the  business,  being  a  practical  printer,  as  well  as  having  served  in  editorial 
capacities.  In  1883  he  purchased  the  Advertiser  from  its  proprietor,  and 
carried  on  the  business  as  sole  proprietor  until  1885,  when  his  brother, 
Clarence  A.  (see  his  sketch)  joined  him,  and  the  firm  of  Fay  Brothers  was 
then  organized.  This  firm  has  since  published  the  paper,  and  have  given 
their  close  attention  to  it.  The  growth  of  the  paper  in  circulation  and 
volume  of  advertising  and  reading  matter  has  been  remarkable.  In  19 10 
the  CI  in  toil  Daily  Advertiser  had  a  sworn  circulation  of  over  eleven  thous- 
and, and  its  publishers  guarantee  that  its  circulation  is  greater  than  that  of 
all  the  other  Clinton  county  papers  combined.  The  Advertiser  has  taken  a 
prominent  part  in  the  discussion  of  local  affairs,  has  been  on  the  people's  side 
and  led  fights  for  them,  notably  for  lower  gas  and  pure  water.  Though  pub- 
lished in  Lyons,  the  Advertiser  was  a  strong  supporter  of  annexation  to  Clin- 
ton, and  led  that  successful  fight.  It  is  a  strong  Democratic  organ,  and  is 
veiy  energetic  in  discussion  of  political  matters  during  campaigns,  but  at  other 
times  is  quiet,  the  aim  of  its  publishers  being  to  carry  on  a  good  newspaper 
rather  than  to  be  the  mouthpiece  of  a  political  organization.  The  Advertiser 
took  a  leading  part  in  the  prosecution  of  a  gang  of  thieves  who  were  working 
in  Clinton  and  other  parts  of  the  state  from  1902  to  1905,  and  thus  broke  up 
the  gang. 

Mr.  Fay  is  active  in  Democratic  politics,  was  chairman  of  the  congres- 
sional committee  for  several  years,  and  was  a  candidate  for  elector  on  the 
Democratic  state  ticket  in  1905.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Masons,  the  Eastern 
Star,  the  Elks,  the  Eagles,  the  Mystic  Workers,  the  Woodmen  of  the  World, 
the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America,  and  of  the  Royal  Neighbors.  He  is  presi- 
dent of  the  corporation  of  Fay  Brothers,  vice-president  of  the  Citizens  Build- 
ing Association. 

Louis  E.  Fay  was  married  on  February  i,  1888,  to  Amelia  Gottlob 
Thomas,  the  daughter  of  Paulina  Gottlob  Thomas  of  Lyons.  To  this  mar- 
riage three  children  have  been  born:  Horace  Amsden,  on  November  12, 
1888;  Carl  Harding,  on  November  16,  1890,  both  now  working  in  the  Ad- 
vertiser office;  and  Louis  E.,  Jr.,  born  January  5,  1903. 

Mr.  Fay  is  a  thorough  type  of  the  indomitable  and  determined  man  of 
brains  and  ability,  who  goes  about  affairs  with  the  intention  to  succeed,  and 
does  so. 


9/6  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

MARSHALL  SPRING  BIDWELL  GAGE. 

The  name  of  Marshall  Spring  Bidwell  Gage  will  long  be  remembered  in 
Clinton  county,  for  he  was  for  years  a  prominent  figure  in  business  circles  and 
in  the  life  of  the  city  of  Lyons  and  vicinity,  and  his  character  was  such  as  to 
commend  him  to  the  youth  of  the  land  who  desire  to  make  the  most  of  their 
chances  in  all  circles.  By  his  courage  and  energy  he  climbed  steadily  and 
persistently  and  stood  firmly  upon  each  round  of  the  ladder  until  he  could 
reach  the  next  above  and  plant  himself  thereon.  He  won  the  confidence  of  all 
with  whom  he  came  into  contact  and  had  no  difficulty  in  retaining  the  same, 
for  his  course  was  always  honorable,  steadfast  and  trustworthy  and  he  had 
friends  by  the  score  wherever  he  was  known. 

Mr.  Gage  was  born  in  Burlington,  Ontario,  Canada,  August  25,  1837.  ^^'^^^ 
he  came  of  an  old  family  of  sterling  worth,  being  the  son  of  James  Philip  and 
Alary  Jane  (Davis)  Gage.  The  father  was  born  on  June  10,  1810,  in  Can- 
ada; his  wife  was  also  born  in  that  Dominion,  and  they  were  reared,  educated 
and  married  there,  and  came  to  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  in  1854,  where  they 
remained  four  years,  coming  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1858,  locating  in 
Lyons.  Here  the  father  erected  what  is  known  as  the  Gage  block  and  there 
established  a  grocery  store.  He  became  prominent  in  business  circles  here 
and.  with  the  Rands  and  others,  established  the  First  National  Bank  at  Lyons, 
and  he  was  the  first  president  of  that  noted  institution,  his  judicious  manage- 
ment of  its  affairs  being  largely  responsible  for  its  rapid  development.  In 
1873  he  established  the  Farmers  and  Citizens  Savings  Bank,  now  known  as 
the  Merchants  National  Bank.  He  had  a  genius  for  organizing  and  promot- 
ing such  institutions,  was  a  man  of  keen  discernment  and  figured  prominently 
in  large  business  affairs, — in  fact,  was  for  years  looked  upon  as  a  leader  in 
business  circles  and  was  one  of  the  prominent  men  of  this  city.  He  was  a 
man  of  pleasing  address,  a  good  mixer  and  everybody  liked  him.  He  was 
independent  in  politics.      His  death  occurred  on  April  2,  1883. 

James  P.  Gage  was  married  to  Mary  Jane  Davis  on  November  24.  1836, 
and  this  union  resulted  in  the  birth  of  one  child.  IMarshall  S.  B.,  of  this  re- 
view. His  first  wife  having  passed  to  her  rest  on  February  7,  1857.  James 
P.  Gage  was  again  married  in  1858.  his  last  wife  being  Helen  Julia  Buck,  of 
Canada,  and  this  union  resulted  in  the  birth  of  three  children. 

Marshall  S.  B.  Gage  was  reared  on  a  farm  in  Canada  and  he  built  up  a 
robust  constitution  by  work  in  the  fields.  He  received  a  good  education,  which 
was  subsequently  augmented  by  actual  contact  with  the  business  world  and 
by  continued  home  reading.     He  came  to  Lyons,  Iowa,  With  his  parents  in 


MARSHALL  S.   B.   GAGE 


THE  NEW  t-OM 


CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  977 

,1858,  and  he  began  his  business  career  by  clerking  for  a  period  of  ten  years 
in  his  father's  grocery  store.  He  then  went  into  the  First  National  Bank  of 
Lyons  for  the  purpose  of  learning  the  banking  business,  and  by  close  applica- 
tion he  made  rapid  progress  and  in  1873  was  cashier  of  the  Farmers  and 
Citizens  Savings  Bank.  He  became  well  known  in  banking  circles  and  by 
his  careful  attention  to  business  and  his  integrity  and  pleasing  manners  he 
was  popular  with  all  the  patrons  of  these  institutions.  Owing  to  ill  health 
Mr.  Gage  found  it  necessary  to  retire,  and  his  death  occurred  on  February  4, 
1891.  The  latter  years  of  his  life  he  devoted,  very  largely,  to  travel  for 
health  and  pleasure.  Politically  he  was  a  Democrat,  and  in  fraternal  matters 
he  was  a  Alason  and  belonged  to  the  Knights  of  Honor. 

Mr.  Gage  was  married  on  August  12,  1857,  to  Agnes  Graham,  daughter 
of  Henry  Ferguson  and  Agnes  (Rosenbarger)  Graham,  a  highly  respected 
and  well  known  family.  Mrs.  Gage  was  born  on  January  27,  1841,  in  Water- 
down,  Ontario,  Canada.  Her  parents  were  old  settlers  of  Jackson  county, 
Iowa,  where  they  spent  the  latter  part  of  their  lives  and  where  they  died. 
To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Gage  six  children  were  born,  three  of  whom  are  now  living, 
namely:  Carrie,  wife  of  Virtus  Lund,  Jr.;  Frank,  of  Lyons;  and  Mira,  wife 
of  O.  D.  Earon,  of  Chicago. 

The  Gage  residence  at  No.  704  South  Fifth  street,  Lyons,  is  a  commodi- 
ous and  attractive  one  and  is  known  to  the  many  friends  of  the  family  as  a 
place  of  old-time  hospitality. 


.    HENRY  DIERKS. 


A  descendant  of  an  old  and  prominent  family  of  Clinton  county  and  a 
man  who  has  long  been  regarded  as  one  of  the  leading  agriculturists  and  stock 
men  of  Deep  Creek  township  is  Henry  Dierks,  a  man  who  believes  in  doing 
everything  well  that  is  worth  doing  at  all,  consequently  he  has  succeeded. 

Mr.  Dierks  was  born  in  Hampshire  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa. 
July  26,  1859.  was  reared  to  farmer's  pursuits  and  was  educated  in  the  district 
schools.  He  is  a  son  of  John  and  Catherine  (Lass)  Dierks,  both  born  in 
Germany,  where  they  were  married  and  remained  until  five  children  were  born. 
In  1848  they  emigrated  to  America  in  a  sailing  vessel,  and  after  a  long  voy- 
age, finally  landed  at  New  York  and  came  direct  to  Lyons,  Iowa,  where  John 
met  a  brother,  Peter  Dierks.  Soon  afterward  he  rented  a  farm,  in  the  cultiva- 
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9/8  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

tion  of  which  he  was  successful.  A  few  years  later  he  bought  a  farm  in 
Hampshire  township  and  settled  there,  and  later  added  and  owned  eight  hun- 
dred acres,  and  engaged  in  general  farming  and  raising  stock,  also  feed  for  the 
market.  His  first  purchase  was  mostly  timber  land.  He  bought  raw  land, 
which  he  cleared  and  improved.  He  was  successful  and  was  always  proud 
of  his  adopted  land.  He  was  a  Republican  and  filled  some  school  offices,  but 
did  not  aspire  to  political  preferment.  He  never  returned  to  his  native 
country.  He  was  social  and  charitable  to  the  afflicted  and  was  a  good  neigh- 
bor and  friend,  was  well  known  and  highly  respected,  his  integrity  and  honor 
being  above  reproach.  He  died  in  1897;  his  wife  died  about  1887.  Relig- 
iously, they  were  Lutherans.  Their  children  were :  Hans,  a  retired  farmer  at 
Ringwood,  Clinton  county,  Iowa ;  Anna,  Mrs.  Christ  Lueders ;  John,  a  farmer 
at  Lyons,  retired ;  Detliff  was  a  farmer,  retired,  and  died  in  July,  1909,  leaving 
a  wife  and  five  children;  Katie,  Mrs.  George  Agger;  Peter  is  a  farmer  on 
the  old  homestead ;  Henry,  of  this  review. 

The  subject  was  born  in  this  county  and  remained  under. the  parental 
roof  until  he  was  married  in  1881,  and  he  remained  on  the  home  farm  until 
1890,  when  he  bought  the  improved  farm  where  he  now  resides,  two  hun- 
dred and  sixty  acres  at  fifty-eight  and  one-half  dollars  per  acre.  He  has  re- 
modeled the  farm  and  put  it  in  convenient  shape  for  cultivation,  all  under 
fence  and  in  grass.  He  cultivates  about  one  hundred  acres.  He  carries  on 
general  farming  and  raises  stock  of  all  kinds  of  a  good  class,  feeds  and  ships 
cattle  to  the  Chicago  market.  He  has  remodeled  and  enlarged  his  home, 
which  stands  on  a  natural  elevation  surrounded  by  forest  and  fruit  trees, 
cement  walks  and  yard.  He  has  erected  a  large  barn  and  now  has  two  or 
three  barns  and  many  outhouses  for  various  purposes,  and  has  a  finely  im- 
proved, farm. in  a  high  state  of  cultivation.  He  has  used  his  surplus  money 
in  his  farm  business.  He  is  a  stockholder  in  the  Goose  Lake  Bank.  He  is 
independent  in  politics,  having  voted  both  tickets,  he  claiming  the  right  to 
vote  for  the  man  of  his  choice.  He  has  never  aspired  to  office,  but  has  filled 
some  school  offices.  He  is  rearing  and  educating  his  children  to  be  upright 
citizens. 

Mr.  Dierks  married  Lena  Rix,  who  was  born  in  Hampshire  township 
in  1867,  a  daughter  of  George  Rix,  of  Germany,  who  came  to  America  about 
1858,  locating  in  Clinton  county;  he  was  a  wagonmaker  by  trade,  which  he 
followed  and  worked  at  the  Six  Mile  House,  this  county,  where  he  has  a  com- 
fortable home.  He  still  does  some  work  at  his  trade.  He  is  a  Republican 
and  well  posted  in  all  public  afifairs,  and  has  filled  some  township  offices.     He 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  979 

has  given  most  of  his  time  and  attention  to  his  trade,  and  does  not  aspire 
to  office  or  pubhc  notoriety,  being  a  quiet,  honest  mechanic,  well  known  and 
highly  respected  for  his  sterling  integrity  and  honor.  His  wife  yet  survives, 
she  being  sixty-three  and  he  seventy  years  of  age.  He  served  through  the 
Civil  war  as  a  private  and  saw  much  hard  service  and  underwent  many  dep- 
rivations and  hardships,  as  was  meted  out  to  soldier  life. 

The  following  children  were  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Rix :  Helena,  wife  of 
the  subject:  Emma  married  Gustaf  Werner  and  she  died  in  1907;  Ida,  Bertha, 
Anna  and  Katie  all  died  young;  Theodore  is  a  farmer;  Dora,  Mrs.  John 
Harmsen ;  Henry  is  a  coal  dealer.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Dierks  six  children  have 
been  born,  Emil,  Alford,  Lewis,  Ernest,  Mata  and  Gustave,  all  at  home. 


MYRON  C.  MUDGE. 


Among  the  well  known  and  highly  respected  citizens  of  Welton  township, 
Clinton  county,  is  Myron  C.  Mudge,  a  man  who  has  lived  a  life  consistent 
with  high  ideals  and  who  has  made  a  success  of  his  chosen  vocation  because 
he  has  applied  himself  very  carefully  to  whatever  he  has  had  in  hand. 

Mr.  Mudge  was  born  on  July  24,  1848,  in  Poultney,  Vermont.  He  is 
the  son  of  Nathan  and  Elza  (Prior)  Mudge,  the  father  a  native  of  Plymouth, 
Vermont,  born  there  on  November  8,  1800,  and  the  mother  born  on  May  16, 
1803.  They  were  married  in  1829,  and  became  the  parents  of  nine  children, 
six  of  whom  are  living.  The  parents  of  Mr.  Mudge  came  to  Jones  county, 
Iowa,  in  1854,  locating  on  a  farm,  and  here  the  fathers  death  occurred  on 
November  11,  1863,  and  the  death  of  his  wife  occurred  at  St.  Joseph,  Mis- 
souri, in  about  1880.  She  had  been  making  her  home  with  her  eldest  daugh- 
ter there  and  was  buried  at  Burlington,  Iowa.  In  politics  Nathan  Mudge 
was  a  Whig  originally  and  later  a  Republican.  He  and  his  family  were  Free- 
Will  Baptists  and  were  known  as  people  of  the  greatest  probity  of  character. 

Myron  C.  Mudge  was  reared  on  a  farm  and  educated  in  the  public  schools. 
He  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1864,  and  here  he  was  married  to 
Clemena  C.  Hull,  a  native  of  Milton,  Wisconsin,  and  the  daughter  of  Elder 
Varnnm  Hull,  a  minister  in  the  Seventh-Day  Baptist  church.  His  wife  was 
known  in  her  maidenhood  as  Malinda  Larkin,  and  she  is  still  living,  having 
attained  the  ripe  old  age  of  ninety-three  years.  She  has  been  a  remarkable 
woman,  possessed  of  many  splendid  attributes  of  character.     Mr.  Hull's  death 


980  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

occurred  at  Rock  River,  Wisconsin.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Mudge  three  children 
have  been  born,  namely :  Hattie  Odessa,  Leola  Marcia,  deceased,  and  May 
Evaline. 

Mr.  Mudge  has  been  a  farmer  much  of  his  life  and  he  has  been  very 
successful  as  such  a  worker.  He  had  eighty  acres  of  land  in  Welton  town- 
ship, and  in  1889  he  moved  to  North  Welton  and  engaged  in  the  mercantile 
business,  which  he  continued  with  ever-increasing  success,  building  up  a  large 
and  satisfactory  patronage  with  the  people  of  this  vicinity  as  a  result  of  his 
honest  dealing  and  his  desire  to  please  his  customers. 

Politically,  Mr.  Mudge  is  a  Republican  and  while  he  has  never  found 
time  to  mingle  in  political  affairs  to  a  large  extent,  he  has  shown  that  he  is 
deeply  interested  in  local  matters,  and  he  has  been  school  director  for  a  num- 
ber of  years.  He  and  his  family  are  members  of  the  Seventh-Day  Baptist 
church  and  very  faithful  in  their  allegiance  to  the  same.  They  have  a  nice 
home  here  and  the  entire  family  is  highly  respected  throughout  this  locality. 


CALVIN  H.  GEORGE. 

The  inevitable  law  of  destiny  accords  to  tireless  energy  and  industr}^  a 
successful  and  honorable  career,  and  in  no  field  of  endeavor  is  there  greater 
opportunity  for  advancement  than  that  of  the  law,  a  profession  whose  votaries, 
if  distinguished,  must  be  endowed  with  native  talent,  rectitude  of  character, 
singleness  of  purpose  and  broad  general  knowledge.  Calvin  H.  George,  of 
Clinton,  Iowa,  fully  meets  all  these  requirements  of  his  chosen  profession 
and  stands  today  among  the  leading  lawyers  of  his  city  and  is  justly  esteemed 
as  one  of  the  foremost  attorneys  of  eastern  Iowa,  and  yet  he  is  a  plain,  un- 
assuming gentleman  who  does  not  court  publicity,  merely  striving  to  do  his 
duty  well  in  all  the  relations  of  life. 

Mr.  George  was  born  at  Garden  Plain,  Whiteside  county,  Illinois,  Janu- 
ary 14,  1862.  He  is  the  son  of  Daniel  F.  and  Mary  Jane  (Mitchell)  George, 
the  father  a  native  of  Conway,  New  Hampshire,  and  the  mother  of  Ohio. 
The  maternal  grandfather.  David  Mitchell,  was  a  pioneer  of  Whiteside  county, 
Illinois,  and  was  the  foreman  of  the  first  grand  jury  ever  held  in  Wliiteside 
county,  and  was  the  first  county  treasurer  of  that  county.  Daniel  F.  George 
was  also  a  pioneer  farmer  of  Whiteside  county,  Illinois.  He.  soon  after  com- 
ing west,  was  pilot  of  a  vessel  which  plied  between  Chicago  and  St.  Joseph, 


CALVIN  H.   GEORGE 


'IHE  NEW  WM. 


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CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  981 

Michigan.  He  was  esteemed  for  his  many  kind  and  charitable  acts  and  honor- 
able character.  In  the  early  days  he  hauled  his  grain  from  Garden  Plain  to 
Chicago  with  an  ox  team  and  underwent  the  hardships  incident  to  the  life  of 
a  pioneer  and  was  known  for  his  great  courage  and  fortitude. 

Calvin  H.  George  grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  farm.  He  attended  the 
county  schools  during  the  winter  months,  then  went  to  Drake  University  of 
Iowa,  and  later  took  a  course  at  the  Valparaiso  (Indiana)  University,  from 
which  institution  he  graduated.  Thus  well  equipped  for  what  the  poets  would 
call  the  battle  of  life,  he  began  his  career  by  teaching  in  the  county  schools, 
but,  having  an  ambition  to  enter  the  legal  profession,  he  left  the  school  room 
and  began  the  study  of  law,  reading  law  while  teaching  school.  His  preceptors 
were  I.  R.  Andrews  and  Hon.  A.  R.  McCoy,  of  Clinton,  Iowa.  Mr.  George 
having  located  in  Clinton  county  when  a  young  man,  was  admitted  to  the  bar 
in  1888,  bv  the  supreme  court  of  Iowa  and  the  United  States  courts  licensed 
him  to  practice  in  all  courts.  Since  that  time  his  record  has  been  one  of  suc- 
cesses such  as  few  attain.  He  opened  an  office  in  the  Toll  block,  and  he  has 
been  continuously  in  the  practice  here  since,  building  up  a  large,  constantly 
growing  and  lucrative  practice  and  taking  a  high  rank  among  his  professional 
brethren  of  eastern  Iowa,  being  a  diligent  student  of  all  phases  of  juris- 
prudence and  a  vigorous,  energetic  and  independent  thinker  and  an  investi- 
gator, accurate,  painstaking  and  conscientious.  He  is  uniformly  courteous  to 
the  court  and  lenient  with  his  opponents,  and  he  is  an  earnest,  logical  and 
forceful,  often  eloquent,  pleader  at  the  bar,  never  failing  to  impress  forcibly 
his  hearers. 

Recognizing  his  ability  and  his  interest  in  the  welfare  of  the  city  and 
county,  he  was  called  by  the  people  to  serve  them  one  term  as  city  attorney 
and  three  terms  as  county  attorney,  performing  his  duties  in  a  manner  that 
reflected  credit  upon  himself  and  to  the  satisfaction  of  the  citizens,  irrespective 
of  party.  He  is  a  member  of  the  library  board,  and  fraternally  he  belongs  to 
the  Masonic  order,  the  Knights  of  Pythias,  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd 
Fellows  and  the  Benevolent  and  Protective  Order  of  Elks. 

The  domestic  life  of  Mr.  George  began  when  he  led  to  the  hymeneal  altar 
a  lady  of  talent,  culture  and  character,  known  in  her  maidenhood  as  Goldie  R. 
Reno,  of  Marengo,  Iowa,  daughter  of  Col.  B.  F.  Reno  and  a  representative  of 
a  distinguished  family  of  army  officers.  To  this  union  eight  children  have 
born  born,  one  dying  in  infancy,  those  now  living  being:  Dorothy  A.,  Helen 
M.,  Elizabeth  M.,  Daniel  V.,  David  B.,  Margaret  R.  and  Ruth  A.,  all  attend- 
ing the  public  schools  in  Clinton. 


982  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

HENRY  C.  VOSS. 

A  descendant  of  one  of  the  early  and  prominent  families  of  Clinton 
county  is  Henry  C.  Voss,  a  man  who  has  won  success  in  life  because  he  has 
worked  for  it  along  legitimate  lines,  believing  in  employing  twentieth  century 
methods  in  all  his  undertakings. 

Mr.  Voss  was  born  in  Clinton  county,  October  i,  1864,  and  was  reared 
on  a  farm  and  educated  in  the  district  schools.  He  is  a  son  of  Fritz  and 
Cathrena  Voss.  both  natives  of  the  province  of  Holstein,  Germany.  They 
came  to  America  at  different  times,  when  single,  and  married  in  New  York. 
They  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1862  and  for  two  years  he  was  em- 
ployed at  such  labor  as  he  could  find  to  do,  then  rented  land  and  engaged  in 
farming.  He  came,  as  did  most  of  the  people  from  his  countiy,  very  short  of 
means,  so  hard  work,  which  had  no  terrors  for  him,  fell  to  him.  After  rent- 
ing a  farm  for  a  number  of  years,  successfully  saving  his  earnings,  he  bought 
eighty  acres  of  land  which  had  poor  improvements  and  a  small  amount  of 
which  was  in  cultivation.  But  he  soon  put  it  in  better  shape  and  kept  working 
hard,  early  an4  late,  and  he  later  added  to  the  land  until  he  owned  two  hun- 
dred acres.  He  put  it  all  under  fence  and  about  one  hundred  acres  in  culti- 
vation; the  remainder  he  left  to  grass.  The  entire  farm  was  susceptible  to 
cultivation.  He  did  a  general  farming  business  and  raised  live  stock,  and 
fed  for  the  market  each  year  over  two  car  loads,  shipping  them  to  Chicago 
market.  He  gave  his  attention  to  the  farm  and  its  products  and  was  very 
successful.  It  took  nerve  and  determination  to  accomplish  what  he  did,  but 
he  was  equal  to  the  occasion.  He  underwent  all  the  deprivations  and  hard- 
ships of  an  early  settler,  and  by  hard  work,  honest  dealing  and  good  financing 
he  was  rewarded  with  success  and  created  a  good  estate.  He  was  a  strong 
Democrat,  but  never  aspired  to  office.  He  was  reared  in-  the  Lutheran  church, 
from  which  faith  he  has  never  departed.  He  was  well  posted  in  all  business 
matters  and  politics,  a  broad-minded  and  intelligent  business  man,  a  good 
financier  and  well  known  and  highly  respected,  his  integrity  and  honor  being 
above  reproach.  He  died  Februaiw  23,  1901,  aged  sixty-six  years.  His  wife 
yet  survives  and  finds  a  good  home  among  her  children,  mostly  with  her  son, 
the  subject  of  this  sketch.  She  is  now  seventy-two  years  old.  She  was 
reared  in  and  has  always  affiliated  with  the  Lutheran  church.  She  has  six 
children,  viz:  Augusta,  Mrs.  H.  Dorman,  who  died  and  left  three  children; 
Henry  C,  of  this  review:  Anton  is  running  the  Tenth  Mile  house,  and  is  a 
popular  man;  Ella,  Mrs.  John  Neave :  Frances,  Mrs.  John  Dick;  Johanna, 
Mrs.  F.  Passic. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  983 

Henry  C.  Voss,  of  this  review,  remained  tinder  the  parental  roof  until  he 
was  twenty-eight  years  old,  when  he  married.  He  was  young  when  his  father 
moved  to  the  homestead,  and  there  he  grew  to  manhood,  helping  his  father  on 
the  farm.  When  twenty-eight  years  old  he  married,  in  the  year  1893,  then 
rented  the  homestead  farm  one  year,  after  which  he  rented  another  farm  and 
moved  on  to  it.  He  remained  a  renter  on  that  farm  for  five  years,  then  again 
rented  the  homestead  for  three  years.  In  1902  he  bought  out  the  interests 
of  the  other  heirs  and  has  since  successfully  carried  forward  the  work  inaugu- 
rated by  his  father,  general  farming  and  raising  and  feeding  of  live  stock  for 
the  market;  he  ships  to  the  Chicago  market.  He  has  invested  some  of  his 
surplus  in  the  Goose  Lake  Bank  stock,  but  gives  most  of  his  attention  to  the 
farm  and  its  products.  Politically  he  is  a  stanch  Democrat  in  local  politics, 
though  he  reserves  the  right  to  vote  for  the  man  of  his  choice.  He  was 
brought  up  in  the  Lutheran  church,  from  which  faith  he  has  never  departed. 
He  has  made  considerable  improvement  on  his  farm,  has  erected  another  large 
bam  and  keeps  all  buildings  in  good  repair  and  the  farm  in  a  high  state  of 
cultivation.  The  house  is  a  large  two-story  frame,  situated  on  a  natural  ele- 
vated site,  beautiful  with  forest  and  fruit  trees.  He  has  added  to  the  sanitary 
conditions,  by  a  spacious  lawn  and  cement  sidewalks  around  the  house  and 
yard;  he  has  also  put  in  a  large  amount  of  tiling  on  the  farm,  to  aid  in  the 
agricultural  development  of  the  same.  He  is  a  practical  and  successful  farmer 
and  stock  handler,  and  among  the  well  known  and  highly  respected  citizens 
of  Deep  Creek  township. 

Mr.  Voss  married  Emma  Andersen,  who  was  born  in  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  in  1870,  daughter  of  Casper  Andersen,  an  early  settler  and  a  promi- 
nent farmer  from  Germany,  province  of  Holstein ;  his  wife,  Johanna  Schlem- 
mer,  was  also  a  native  of  Germany.  The  family  were  early  settlers  in  Clinton 
county.  The  father  came  with  limited  means  and  rented  and  farmed  a  few 
years,  then  bought  one  hundred  and  twenty  acres  of  land  in  Hampshire  town- 
ship. It  was  a  small  and  poorly  improved  farm,  but  he  was  energetic  and 
made  substantial  improvements  and  was  a  good  farmer  and  hard  worker. 
He  remained  there  during  the  rest  of  -his  life,  and  died  on  March  6,  1908. 
He  was  a  member  of  the  Lutheran  church  and  a  Democrat  in  politics.  He 
followed  general  farming,  raising  live  stock  for  the  market,  and  by  hard  work 
and  honest  dealing  created  a  competency  for  his  old  age.  His  wife  survived 
him  and  makes  her  home  with  a  daughter.  Mr.  Andersen  had  one  son  and 
four  daughters  by  a  previous  marriage.  His  son  Henry  owns  and  runs  a 
grist  mill  and  handles  lumber  at  Bryant.     By  his  last  marriage  the  following 


984  CLINTON    county;,    IOWA. 

children  were  born;  Emma,  wife  of  the  subject;  Laura,  Mrs.  George  Bach; 
Alvina.  Mrs.  John  Brett;  Mattie,  Mrs.  H.  Dierks;  Adolph,  who  hves  on  the 
old  homestead.  The  union  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Voss  has  been  blessed  with  the 
following  children;  Malinda,  born  November  20,  1893,  is  at  home;  George, 
born  February  22,  1895;  Augusta,  born  March  25,  11897;  Lucinda,  born 
September  30,  1900;  Loretta,  born  June  17,  1902;  Hannah,  born  March  3, 
1904;  Henry,  born  April  21,  1906,  and  Alma,  born  June  5,  1908. 


CAPT.  JOSEPH  D.  FEGAN. 

Among  the  leading  citizens  of  Clinton  is  numbered  Capt.  Joseph  D. 
Fegan,  who  for  many  years  was  successfully  engaged  in  the  abstract  and 
real  estate  business  in  this  city.  He  was  born  in  Franklin  county,  Pennsyl- 
vania, July  26,  183 1,  receiving  a  common  school  education.  His  father  served 
in  the  war  of  181 2-14  in  the  Pennsylvania  Volunteers  and  died  in  1842, 
leaving  a  widow  and  family,  the  subject  of  this  sketch  being  eleven  years  old. 
His  mother  soon  thereafter  died,  leaving  him  to  care  for  himself.  In  1849 
he  emigrated  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  followed  the  trade  of  a  tailor,  but 
at  the  commencement  of  the  Rebellion  he  was  engaged  in  the  lumber  and 
grain  business  at  Wheatland,  Iowa.  In  the  meantime,  however,  he  married 
Anne  M.  Potts,  whose  father  had  served  in  the  Black  Hawk  war,  and  whose 
grandfather  was  an  officer  of  the  regular  army  in  1779. 

As  soon  as  Mr.  Fegan  could  put  his  business  in  proper  shape  to  leave, 
he  entered  the  service  as  a  private  in  Company  I,  Twenty-sixth  Iowa  Infantry, 
August  12.  1862.  He  was  promoted  sergeant  and  then  sergeant-major, 
September  12,  1862,  and  mustered  in  September  30,  1862.  He  was  appointed 
first  lieutenant  and  regimental  adjutant  on  the  field  at  the  battle  of  Arkansas 
Post,  January  11,  1863,  and  promoted  captain  of  Company  B,  January  15, 
1864.  to  rank  from  June  12,  1863.  The  regiment  served  at  Helena,  Arkansas, 
under  General  Hovey,  to  December,  1862,  and  was  then  assigned  to  the  Third 
Brigade,  Fourth  Division  (Steele's)  of  Sherman's  right  wing  of  the  Thirteenth 
Army  Corps.  In  January,  1863,  it  was  transferred  to  the  Third  Brigade, 
First  Division,  Fifteenth  Corps,  and  in  November,  1863,  formed  part  of  the 
First  Brigade,  First  Division,  Fifteenth  Corps,  where  it  remained  until  Febru- 
ary, 1865. 

Captain  Fegan  served  with  the  regiment  in  various  expeditions  from 
Helena,  and  in  General  Sherman's  Yazoo  expedition,  participating  in  the  en- 


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CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  985 

gagements  at  Chickasaw  Bayou  and  Chickasaw  Bkiffs,  from  December  26-29, 
1862.  He  then  took  part  in  the  expedition  to  Arkansas  Post,  and  was  engaged 
in  the  assauU  and  capture  of  Fort  Hindman,  January  lo-ii,  1863.  After 
several  other  expeditions  he  returned  with  his  regiment  to  Milhken's  Bend, 
Louisiana,  and  in  April.  1863.  started  on  the  campaign,  with  the  Fifteenth 
Corps,  which  terminated  in  the  capture  of  Vicksburg,  Mississippi,  having 
been  engaged  at  Turkey  Creek ;  Jackson,  Mississippi ;  Champion  Hills,  Baker's 
Creek,  crossing  of  the  Big  Black  River,  attack  on  Vicksburg.  May  18.  and 
in  the  assault.  May  19-22.  1863.  After  the  surrender,  started  with  the  ad- 
vance against  Johnston's  army,  participating  in  the  siege  of  Jackson  and 
Brandon,  Mississippi. 

In  September  the  regiment  was  transferred  to  Memphis  by  boat,  and 
marched  to  Chattanooga,  participating  in  the  engagements  and  battles  around 
that  place  from  November  23-27;  Lookout  Mountain,  November  24;  Mission- 
ary Ridge.  November  25  ;  and  Ringgold.  November  27.  at  which  last-named 
place  he  was  slightly  wounded,  but  remained  on  duty.  He  participated  in 
the  Atlanta  campaign  from  May  until  September.  1864.  and  was  engaged  at 
Snake  Creek  Gap,  Resoca,  Adairsville,  Dallas,  Pumpkin-vine  Creek,  Altoona, 
New  Hope  Church.  Ackworth.  Kenesaw  Mountain.  Big  Shanty,  Nickajack 
Creek,  Chattahoochie  River,  Bald  Hill,  Atlanta.  Ezra  Chapel.  Jonesborough. 
Lovejoy's  Station,  and  pursuit  of  Hood's  army  into  Alabama,  being  engaged 
at  Kingston  and  Ship  Gap.  He  participated  in  the  "March  to  the  Sea,"  and 
engaged  in  the  siege  of  Savannah,  Georgia.  He  performed  the  duties  of  act- 
ing assistant  adjutant-general.  First  Brigade,  First  Division,  Fifteenth  Corps, 
from  November  7.  1864.  to  January  21,  1865.  He  was  commissioned  as  cap- 
tain and  assistant  adjutant-general  February  3.  1865.  and  participated  in  the 
march  tlirough  the  Carolinas.  and  all  the  actions  consequent  thereon,  up  to  the 
surrender  of  Johnston's  army.  He  also  marched  with  Sherman's  army  to 
Washington  City,  and  participated  in  the  Grand  Review. 

Captain  Fegan  was  transferred  to  Louisville.  Kentucky,  and  then  to  Lit- 
tle Rock,  Arkansas,  where  he  was  mustered  out  September  19,  1865.  Captain 
Fegan  counts  as  one  of  his  valuable  possessions  his  commission,  signed  by 
President  Lincoln  and  Secretary  of  War  E.  M.  Stanton,  which  promoted  him 
from  a  line  captain  to  a  position  on  the  staff  as  assistant  adjutant-general  of 
volunteers. 

After  the  war  Captain  Fegan  returned  to  Clinton  and  became  county 
recorder,  holding  such  office  four  years.  He  has  always  been  prominent  in 
social  circles,  being  a  member  of  N.  B.  Baker  Post  No.  88.  Grand  Army  of 


986  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

the  Republic,  of  Clinton,  the  military  order  of  the  Loyal  Legion  of  the  United 
States;  the  Society  of  the  Army  of  the  Tennessee  and  for  sixty  years  has 
been  an  honorary  member  of  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows. 

On  coming  to  Iowa  he  had  only  a  five-franc  piece  and  the  prosperity 
which  he  has  enjoyed  and  the  success  of  which  his  wife  and  three  children- are 
proud  has  been  due  entirely  to  his  own  unaided  efforts. 


DESCARTES  L.  PASCAL. 

The  name  of  Descartes  L.  Pascal,  successful  agriculturist,  stock  raiser 
and  seed  corn  specialist,  of  Orange  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  has  been 
circulated  broadcast,  in  a  way,  throughout  the  United  States.  His  motto  has 
always  been  to  do  well  whatever  was  worth  doing  at  all,  and  this  has,  no  doubt, 
been  largely  responsible  for  his  pronounced  success  along  the  lines  to  which 
he  has  turned  his  attention.  He  is  deserving  in  every  way  of  the  esteem  ac- 
corded him  by  all  who  know  him,  for  he  has  ever  sought  to  bear  aloft  the  un- 
tarnished escutcheon  of  an  honored  family  name. 

Mr.  Pascal  was  born  August  18,  1870,  four  miles  east  of  De  Witt.  Clin- 
ton county,  and  in  the  fall  of  that  year  he  was  brought  to  the  farm  on  which 
he  now  lives  and  which  has  been  his  place  of  abode  most  of  his  life.  When, 
fifteen  years  of  age  he  left  school  and  spent  two  summers  in  western  Iowa. 
He  is  the  son  of  George  W.  Pascal  and  wife,  an  excellent  old  family  of  this 
township.  He  enjoyed  the  advantages  of  a  liberal  education,  having  attended 
school  at  Grand  Mound  and  De  Witt,  graduating  from  the  high  school  at 
the  latter  place.  After  he  became  of  age  he  went  to  western  Iowa,  where  for 
a  year  he  followed  photography.  Then  he  spent  one  term  in  Cornell  College, 
at  Mt.  Vernon,  Iowa,  preparing  to  enter  the  Michigan  State  University  at 
Ann  Arbor,  where  he  expected  to  study  mechanical  engineering.  In  1893  he 
was  employed  on  the  fair  grounds  of  the  Columbian  Exposition  (World's 
Fair)  at  Chicago,  as  a  Columbian  Guard.  The  following  year  he  taught 
school  and  in  the  fall  he  started  for  Ann  Arbor,  Michigan,  where  he  expected 
to  enter  the  university  to  take  up  mechanical  engineering.  On  his  way  he 
stopped  at  the  old  home  to  see  his  parents  for  a  few  days.  His  father  was 
taken  ill  and  requested  him  to  remain  at  home,  which  he  did.  The  father's 
illness  proved  fatal,  and  so,  for  the  time  being,  the  subject  gave  up  his  plans 
for  education  in  order  to  remain  with  his  mother  and  sisters  at  the  old  home, 
expecting  to,  at  some  future  time,  complete  his  collegiate  studies.     But,  like 


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many  others,  he  sacrificed  his  ambition  for  education  in  order  that  the  old 
home  might  still  be  home  for  his  mother. 

Mr.  Pascal  formerly  operated  four  hundred  and  ten  acres  of  land,  to 
which  he  has  recently  added  sixty-three  acres.  He  has  been  engaged  in  gen- 
eral farming  on  his  fine  tract  of  land  for  the  past  sixteen  years,  and  by  hard 
work  and  persistent  application,  coupled  with  sound  judgment  and  an  ana- 
lytical mind,  he  has  achieved  the  success  which  is  always  the  reward  of  the  de- 
serving. In  1902  Mr.  Pascal  became  interested  in  corn  breeding  and  has 
demonstrated  to  the  world  the  great  value  of  corn  breeding.  In  making  a 
specialty  of  seed  corn  culture,  he  chiefly  raised  "Reid's  Yellow  Dent,"  which 
is  eagerly  sought  for  owing  to  the  high  quality  of  his  seed.  He  has  shipped 
seed  corn  to  over  twenty-five  states  of  the  Union  and  even  to  the  Transvaal 
agricultural  department  of  South  Africa.  In  1903  he  produced  the  best  ear  of 
corn  in  Iowa,  which  won  the  Cook  trophy.  Aalued  at  fifteen  hundred  dollars, 
awarded  at  Ames,  Iowa,  for  the  best  ear  of  corn.  In  1906  he  raised  an  ear  of 
corn  which  was  exhibited  at  Ames,  Iowa,  in  January,  1907,  and  which  won 
the  first  prize,  and  which  sold  at  public  auction  for  one  hundred  and  fifty  dol- 


lars, or  at  the  rate  of  eight  thousand  eight  hundred  and  fifty  dollars  a  bushel. 
This  is  the  more  remarkable  when  it  is  remembered  that  the  highest  priced  ear 
ever  sold  before  only  bix>ught  eleven  dollars.  This  wonderful  ear  of  corn  was 
exhibited  in  December.  1907,  at  the  national  corn  show  at  Chicago  as  champion 
of  the  world,  being  recognized  as  the  finest  ear  ever  exhil^ited.  By  request,  it 
was  also  exhibited  at  the  national  corn  show  held  at  Omaha,  Nebraska,  in 
December.  1908.  It  has  been  exhibited  throughout  the  United  States.  Mr. 
Pascal  had  formerly  won  numerous  prizes  at  exhibitions  and  he  has  won  a 
wide  reputation  in  this  way.  He  is  also  a  successful  breeder  of  shorthorn 
cattle. 

Mr.  Pascal  is  a  member  of  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows  and. 
politically,  he  is  a  Republican.  The  extensive  business  in  which  he  is  engaged 
is  under  the  firm  name  of  D.  L.  Pascal  &  Sisters,  the  latter  being  Lucy  A., 
who  makes  her  home  on  the  farm  with  her  brother  and  mother,  and  Laura  T., 
a  teacher  of  Gennan  in  the  public  schools  of  Lakewood,  Ohio,  both  being 
ladies  of  education,  business  tact  and  culture. 


988  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

GILBERT  LAWRENCE  TEMPLE. 

One  rarely  finds  two  persons  in  every-day  life  who  attribute  their  suc- 
cess in  their  different  spheres  to  similar  qualities.  Hard  work  and  plodding 
industry  paved  the  way  for  one,  good  judgment  and  a  keen  sense  of  values 
for  another,  intuition  and  a  well  balanced  mind  for  the  third.  An  admixture 
of  the  qualities  mentioned  above,  with  others,  emphasized  by  close  application, 
was  responsible  for  the  success  of  Gilbert  Lawrence  Temple,  the  late  well 
known  and  popular  photographer  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  in  his  battle  for  the  spoils 
of  victory. 

Mr.  Temple  was  the  scion  of  a  sterling  family  of  the  old  Buckeye  state, 
and  he  himself  was  born  in  Delaware  county,  Ohio,  on  November  4,  1852. 
He  was  the  son  of  Gilbert  and  Rebecca  (Thatcher)  Temple.  The  father,  a  suc- 
cessful farmer  and  school  teacher,  died  in  1862,  He  was  a  Republican  and  a 
member  of  the  Presbyterian  church.  His  widow  survived  him  until  1874. 
They  were  the  parents  of  five  children,  four  of  whom  are  now  living. 

Gilbert  L.  Temple,  of  this  review,  received  an  excellent  education  in  the 
common  schools  and  at  Otterbein  University,  where  he  learned  the  art  of 
photography,  having  always  manifested  a  tendency  toward  the  esthetics,  so 
he  made  rapid  progress  in  this  line  and  won  the  admiration  of  his  colleagues 
and  instructors  for  high-grade  work  in  his  chosen  vocation.  He  located  at 
Beloit,  Wisconsin,  in  1869,  where  he  remained  about  a  year,  then  went  to 
Cleveland,  Ohio,  and  later  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  in  1873.  where  he  re- 
mained, having  built  up  a  very  satisfactory  patronage  and  won  a  wide  repu- 
tation for  a  grade  of  work  second  to  none,  his  customers  often  coming 
from  remote  parts  of  the  country.  He  always  kept  fully  abreast  of  the 
times  on  all  matters  pertaining  to  his  art. 

Foliticall}',  ^Ir.  Teni'^l"  '-as  a  Republican,  and  in  religions  matters  an 
Episcopalian.  He  was  prominent  in  Masonic  circles,  having  attained  the 
thirty-second  degree.  He  was  also  a  member  of  the  Benevolent  and  Protec- 
tive Order  of  Elks.     His  death  occurred  on  Alay  9,  1911. 

Mr.  Temple  was  married  on  September  9,  1872,  to  Eliza  Smith,  a  native 
of  Canada  and  the  representative  of  a  family  of  sterling  worth.  This  union 
has  been  graced  by  the  birth  of  two  children,  Ruth,  the  wife  of  Charles  S. 
Knox,  of  Cedar  Rapids,  and  Edith,  wife  of  Daniel  G.  Swannell,  of  Champaign, 
Illinois. 


WILLIAM  C.  KUEHN. 

William  C.  Kuehn  was  born  in  Deep  Creek  township,  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  in  1870,  a  son  of  Christian  and  Elizabeth  (C'ook)   Kuehn.     Christian 


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was  born  in  the  city  of  Burg,  on  the  island  of  Famen,  which  is  a  part  of  Den- 
mark, ctnd  has  since  been  annexed  to  the  German  empire.  EHzaljeth  was  born 
in  Chambersburg,  Pennsylvania.  Christian  came  to  America  in  1852,  when 
about  nineteen  years  of  age,  located  in  Clinton  county,  and  took  up  farming. 
He  owned  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  in  De  Witt  township  at  the 
date  of  his  death.  He  was  the  father  of  five  children,  three  of  whom  are 
still  living.  He  was  a  Lutheran,  his  wife  a  ^lethodist.  Tn  politics  he  was  a 
Republican  and  held  various  township  offices.  He  always  took  an  acti\e  inter- 
est in  local  affairs  and  whatever  was  good  for  the  community. 

William  C.  Kuehn  attended  the  common  school  and  has  followed  farming 
since  boyhood.  He  is  a  general  farmer,  and  his  place  is  in  a  very  high  state 
of  cultivation,  well  improved,  and  its  fertility  kept  up  by  raising  stock.  He 
entered  into  the  marriage  relation  with  Emma  Osterberg,  in  1895.  Their 
union  has  been  blessed  by  the  birth  of  four  children,  ^Myrtle,  Stella,  Ira  and 
Lester,  all  living,  healthy  and  active  in  mind  and  body. 

Tn  politics  Mr.  Kuehn  is  a  Republican,  and  in  his  fraternal  relation,  a 
member  of  the  Knights  of  Pythias,  of  the  Odd  Fellows  and  of  the  Modern 
W^oodmen,  and  in  his  life  puts  into  practice  their  principles.  He  is  a  citizen 
of  stanch  and  sturdy  character  and  a  farmer  of  ability  and  skill.  He  has  illu- 
strated the  truth  of  the  fact  that  to  win  success  in  farming,  as  in  any  other 
business,  requires  careful  management.  Nowhere  else  is  there  a  better  or 
more  paying  field  for  the  application  of  systematic  business  methods,  than  in 
the  management  and  conducting  of  a  farm ;  the  farmer  who  raises  the  largest 
crops  is  not  always  the  most  successful,  nor  does  he  alwavs  make  the  most 
money.  A  farmer  must  apply  a  great  deal  of  study  into  the  conditions  of 
profits,  just  as  a  modern  business  man  does,  in  order  to  make  his  land  more 
profitable  and  bring  the  greatest  return  for  the  labor  expended.  It  requires 
that  he  eradicate  many  small  wastes,  and  he  has  got  to  reduce  the  expenses  of 
cultivation  and  maintenance  to  a  minimum.  This  can  only  be  done  bv  close 
attention  and  application,  and  of  which  the  farm  of  Mr.  Kuehn's  is  evidence 
of  having  received. 


MICHAEL  J.  SPAIN. 

Among   the   prominent    farmers   and   early   settlers   of   Clinton   county, 
Iowa,   mention  must  not  be  omitted  of   Michael  J.    Spain,   a  man   of  such 


990  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

correct  habits  and  methods  that  he  would  doubtless  have  succeeded  in  what- 
ever locality  he  desired  to  cast  his  lot,  coming  as  he  did  from  a  sturdy- 
northern  family  who  were  not  accustomed  to  be  discouraged  at  difficulties 
or  obstacles.  He  was  born  in  Lower  Canada,  September  29,  1846,  but 
he  has  spent  the  major  part  of  his  life  in  Iowa,  having  been  brought  here 
when  five  years  of  age.  Here  he  grew  to  maturity  and  was  educated  in 
the  common  schools,  having  been  reared  on  his  fathers  farm,  which  he 
helped  to  clear  and  develop,  attending  the  pioneer  schools,  which  were  taught 
three  months  each  winter.  He  is  the  son  of  Cornelius  and  Margaret 
(Kenedy)  Spain,  both  natives  of  county  Tipperary,  Ireland,  where  they 
grew  to  maturity  and  were  married  and  where  they  began  life  on  a  farm. 
They  left  the  Emerald  Isle  for  America  in  181 5,  landing  in  New  York 
City,  soon  afterward  going  to  Troy,  that  state,  where  they  remained  one 
year,  then  went  to  South  Bend,  Indiana,  where  they  remained  one  year, 
then  to  Canada.  There  Mr.  Spain  bought  land  which  he  improved  and 
continued  to  reside  there  over  twenty  years,  having  a  good  farm  and  a 
comfortable  home.  In  1851  he  sold  out  and  came  to  Chicago,  Illinois, 
later  went  to  ]\Iilwaukee,  Wisconsin.  Not  liking  Wisconsin,  after  visiting 
various  parts  of  the  same,  he  crossed  the  Father  of  Waters,  reaching 
Dubuque,  Iowa,  in  June,  1851,  but  a  few  days  later  went  to  Minnesota, 
where  he  sought  a  location,  but  not  liking  the  country,  he  came  to  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  in  the  fall  of  1851  and  bought  five  hundred  acres,  erected  a 
log  house  and  soon  had  some  of  his  land  in  cultivation.  In  due  course  of 
time  he  had  a  large  and  well  improved  farm,  being  very  successful  as  a 
general  farmer  and  stock  raiser,  hauling  his  products  many  miles  to  market 
and  enduring  many  privations  incidental  to  pioneer  life.  At  that  time 
there  was  not  a  physician  in  the  county,  but  the  settlers  understood  the  use 
of  herbs  and  "home  remedies." 

Politically  the  first  vote  of  Cornelius  Spain  was  cast  for  Mr.  Buchanan 
in  1856.  He  was  at  first  inclined  to  support  the  Whig  party,  but  in  1856 
joined  the  Democrats,  to  whom  he  remained  faithful.  He  was  a  well  in- 
formed man  on  current  events,  and  while  he  used  his  influence  for  the 
party  he  never  aspired  to  public  life,  though  he  filled  some  of  the  township 
offices.  He  was  a  worthy  member  of  the  Catholic  church.  He  liked  to 
be  neighborly,  although  when  he  first  came  his  "neighbors"  were  about 
twenty  miles  distant.  He  'was  always  ready  to  help  those  in  need  in  any 
way.  and  he  was,  indeed,  a  strong,  useful  man  in  his  day,  and  was  highly 
regarded  by  all  who  knew  him.     His  death  occurred  on  the  old  homestead 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  99 1 

in  Octol^er.  1867.  at  the  advanced  age  of  eighty-six  years;  his  widow  sur- 
vived until  1884.  dying  when  about  the  same  age  that  her  husband  reached. 
They  were  a  grand  old  couple.  Cornelius  Spain,  it  appears,  was  the  pioneer 
of  his  neighborhood  and  was  the  first  man  to  start  the  physical  and  moral 
development  of  the  new  Eldorado  and  helped  lay  tlie  foundation  for  good 
government.  Through  his  efforts  the  first  missionary  priest  came  to  his 
neighborhood.  Father  McKenna  having  held  mass  at  his  house  in  18^2. 
after  which  annual  mass  was  served,  and  later  regular  mass  in  the  log 
school  house.  Thus,  for  many  reasons,  no  man  is  more  worthy  of  an 
honored  place  in  the  county's  history  than  Cornelius  Spain. 

He  and  his  ^^■ife  were  the  parents  of  thirteen  children,  namely:  Michael, 
number  one.  died  in  early  life,  as  did  also  Thomas  and  Rhoda;  Catherine. 
Mrs.  Conroy;  Bridget  died  when  young;  Daniel,  a  farmer,  died  in  1875; 
John,  a  farmer,  died  in  190=^;  Cornelius,  a  farmer,  died  in  1S84;  William, 
a  farmer,  died  in  1888;  Michael,  the  subject,  and  Mary  were  twins,  the 
latter  dying  in  1848  when  young;  Margaret  and  Derias  also  died  young. 

Michael  Spain,  of  this  review,  was  reared  on  the  home  farm  and  as- 
sisted with  the  work  on  the  same  when  he  became  of  proper  age  and 
early  in  life  engaged  in  farming.  When  thirty-two  years  of  age  he  mar- 
ried and  settled  at  the  old  homestead,  continuing  to  operate  the  place,  carry- 
ing out  the  plans  which  his  father  inaugurated ;  he  later  bought  the  interest 
of  his  brother  and  he  has  since  added  to  his  place  until  he  now  has  a  fine 
farm  of  two  hundred  and  forty  acres,  all  under  a  high  st^te  of  cultivation, 
and  he  is  carrying  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising  in  a  manner  that 
is  bringing  definite  success.  He  often  has  as  many  as  one  hundred  head 
of  cattle  in  his  pastures  and  feed  lots,  feeding  and  shipping  about  three 
car  loads  of  cattle  each  year,  also  feeds  large  numbers  of  hogs.  He  has 
an  excellent  farm  and  a  good  group  of  buildings  on  the  same.  Although 
primarily  a  Democrat,  he  is  inclined  to  be  independent  when  it  comes  to 
voting.  He  was  reared  in  the  Catholic  church  and  is  still  loyal  to  the 
same. 

^Ir.  Spain  was  married  on  July  i.  1879,  to  "Mary  J.  Britt,  who  was 
born  in  Lyons,  Iowa,  on  September  20.  1859.  and  she  has  proven  to  be 
a  most  worthy  helpmate  She  is  the  daughter  of  Thomas  Britt,  a  native 
of  Ireland  who  emigrated  to  New  York  in  1852,  and  who  came  to  Lyons, 
Iowa,  about  1855.  He  engaged  in  farming  and  contracting  on  railroad 
construction  work  and  became  a  useful  and  successful  man.  His  death 
occurred  here  in   1881.     He  was  a  member  of  the  Catholic  church  and  a 


992  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Democrat.  He  filled  a  number  of  minor  offices,  including  that  of  constable, 
while  living  at  Lyons.  His  family  consisted  of  three  children :  George  died 
when  young,  as  did  also  Martin;  Mary  J.,  wife  of  Mr.  Spain  of  this  review. 

The  following  children  have  been  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Michael  J. 
Spain :  Cornelius  is  a  farmer ;  Thomas  D.  is  an  invalid ;  Roger  is  a  farmer ; 
Margaret  L.,  Mary  G.,  and  William  P.  are  all  at  home;  Catherine  is  teach- 
ing school;  Frank  is  a  student  at  Dubuque.  Iowa;  Orretta  is  a  student 
at  the  parochial  school  at  Petersville;  Marcedes  is  also  attending  the  same 
school. 


JOHN  B.  AHRENS. 


The  gentleman  whose  name  heads  this  sketch  is  a  member  of  an  old  and 
respected  family  of  Clinton  county,  the  earlier  members  of  which  were  among 
the  earliest  settlers  to  come  to  the  county  from  the  fatherland  of  Germany, 
which  has  furnished  to  the  county  so  many  of  its  best  citizens.  The  Ahrens 
were  men  and  women  of  honor  and  character,  who  filled  their  various  stations 
in  life  by  always  doing  their  duty,  and  their  lives  were  strong  forces  working 
for  good.  Such  has  been  the  family  reputation,  and  as  yet  it  has  not  been 
tarnished  by  the  acts  of  any  of  its  representatives,  while  the  life  of  John  B. 
Ahrens  promises  to  add  new  sheen  to  its  luster. 

John  B.  Ahrens  was  born  in  Center  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  the 
son  of  John  D.  and  Catherine  (Naeve)  Ahrens,  on  January  26,  1874.  John 
D.  Ahrens  Was  born  in  the  province  of  Oldenberg,  Germany,  on  August  29, 
1836.  the  son  of  John  A.  and  Trinke  (Dudden)  Ahrens.  John  A.  Ahrens 
was  a  farmer  in  Germany  and,  when  an  old  man,  retired  from  active  labor, 
came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  settled.  He  died  on  July  23,  1854,  and 
his  wife  died  on  March  19,  i860. 

John  D.  Ahrens  came  to  Joliet,  Illinois,  from  Germany,  in  1852,  and  the 
next  year  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  In  i860  he  located  on  a  farm  in 
Center  township,  finding  its  cultivation  profitable  and  agreeable.  He  died  on 
March  7,  1905.  In  politics  he  was  a  Democrat,  and  in  religion  a  stanch  ad- 
herent to  the  Lutheran  faith  of  his  fathers.  He  was  much  esteemed  by  his 
neighbors  and  his  judgment  highly  regarded.  In  i860  he  was  married  to 
Catherina  Naeve,  a  daughter  of  John  and  Catherina  (Peters)  Naeve,  born  in 
Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany,  who  bore  to  him  ten  children,  five  of  whom  are 
living.     She  died  on  July  13,  1904. 

John  B.  Ahrens  grew  up  on  the  farm  until  he  was  ten  years  old  when  his 
parents  retired  and  removed  to  Lyons  in  1884  and  where  he  attended  the  com- 


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men  schools.  Early  attracted  to  the  law  as  a  profession,  he  pursued  its  study 
in  the  office  of  W.  C.  Grohe.  In  1897  he  graduated  from  the  law  department 
of  Drake  University,  and  later  the  same  year  he  was  admitted  to  the  Clinton 
county  bar.  Since  that  time  he  has  been  engaged  in  practice,  and  though 
meeting  the  usual  discouragements  which  beset  young  lawyers,  has  obtained  a 
large  amount  of  business,  which  is  constantly  increasing,  as  his  abilities  are 
becoming  more  widely  recognized.  In  19 10  he  was  elected  by  the  Republicans 
to  the  office  of  city  solicitor.  Fraternally  he  is  a  member  of  the  Knights  of 
Pythias  and  of  the  Woodmen  of  the  World,  and  takes  an  active  interest  in 
both. 

On  July  10,  1897,  Mr.  Ahrens  was  married  to  Madge  Taylor,  of  Des 
Moines,  who  was  born  in  that  city  on  June  14,  1875.  She  has  borne  to  him 
four  children,  Alice  C.  and  John  E.,  now  in  school,  and  Richard  H.  and  ]\Iary 
Jeanette.     They  are  a  very  attractive  and  interesting  family  of  young  folks. 

Mr.  Ahrens  is  a  man  of  pleasing  address,  a  forceful  speaker,  and  has 
shown  himself  in  the  conduct  of  his  trials  and  his  practice  to  possess  the 
qualifications  of  a  strong  lawyer.  Personally  he  has  gained  many  friends, 
all,  of  whom  recognize  his  worth.  He  has  been  active  in  all  recent  enterprises 
which  were  concerned  with  the  advancement  of  Clinton  and  takes  much  inter- 
est in  all  public  questions. 


CARL  J.  CHRISTIANSEN. 

Among  the  most  prominent  farmers  of  \A'ashington  township,  which 
is  one  of  the  most  fertile  and  best  farming  districts  in  Clinton  county, 
none  is  better  known,  or  has  been  more  successful,  than  Mr.  Christiansen, 
who  in  his  career  has  Init  repeated  the  incidents  of  his  father's  life,  a  man 
whose  strength  of  character,  high  honor  and  good  judgment  won  for  him 
the  respect  of  all  who  knew  him. 

Carl  J.  Christiansen  was  born  on  April  3,  1858,  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa, 
the  son  of  Carston  and  Sicka  fPeyson)  Christiansen,  who  were  natives 
of  Schleswisr,  Germanv,  and  came  to  this  countrv  in  18^1.  Thev  landed 
at  Xew  Orleans,  and  came  up  the  river  by  steamboat  to  Davenport,  Iowa, 
where  they  remained  for  a  short  time,  then  came  to  Clinton  county.  The 
family  were  on  the  ocean  sixteen  weeks  and  of  the  five  children,  two  died 
on  the  voyage  and  were  buried  at  sea.  Mr.  Christiansen  purchased  an  un- 
improved farm  in  section  10,  Center  township,  improved  it  with  buildings, 
and  lived  on  it   for  several  years,  after  wdiich  he  sold  it  to  Peter  Hansen, 

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994  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA, 

and  purchased  an  improved  farm  in  section  30  of  the  same  township. 
Carston  Christiansen  spent  his  Hfe  in  general  farming,  and  by  his  excellent 
business  ability  accumulated  much  property.  In  1896  he  retired  from  the 
farm  and  moved  to  Clinton,  where  he  died  on  April  14.  1899,  at  the  age 
of  seventy-eight.  His  wife  died  on  June  9,  1900,  and  both  are  l)uried  at 
Elvira  cemetery.  They  were  members  of  the  Lutheran  church  and  took 
an  active  part  in  the  work  of  the  church.  Of  their  nine  children,  but  two, 
Carl  and  his  brother,  Martin,  are  living.  The  deceased  are  Anna  (Mrs. 
Schroeder).  Hans  P.,  Carston  N.,  Hannah,  Lena  and  the  two  buried  at 
sea. 

Carl  J.  Christiansen  remained  at  home  until  he  was  eighteen,  receiv- 
ing a  common  school  education.  For  the  greater  part  of  the  next  six 
years  he  traveled  about  a  good  deal  over  the  country,  finding  employment 
on  farms  mostly.  At  the  age  of  twenty-four,  on  March  7,  1882,  he  was 
married  to  Lucy  Mannsen,  the  daughter  of  John  and  Mergrata  Mannsen, 
who  came  from  their  native  Germany  to  the  United  States  in  1872,  and 
reared  a  family  of  five  children.  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Christiansen  began  their 
married  life  in  this  county,  and  in  1883  they  moved  to  the  farm  where  they 
now  live,  consisting  of  two  hundred  and  eighty  acres  which  he  purchased 
from  his  father.  To  this  he  has  added  until  now  he  is  the  owner  of  six 
hundred  acres  in  Clinton  county.  The  present  year  Mr.  Christiansen  pur- 
chased two  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  fertile  prairie  land  in  Arkansas, 
and  has  begun  the  cultivation  of  rice.  This  investment  promises  to  be 
very  profitable.  In  1901  he  erected  his  present  home,  a  handsome  country 
residence  of  eleven  rooms,  modern  in  every  -way,  at  a  cost  of  four  thous- 
and dollars;  in  1905  a  large  barn  was  erected  at  a  cost  of  one  thousand 
five  hundred  dollars,  in  addition  to  which  he  has  other  barns  for  feeding 
purposes.  In  fact,  his  location  and  his  buildings  are  second  to  none  in 
the  township. 

Mr.  Christiansen  has  made  a  success  of  farming  and  stock  raising 
and  is  a  money  maker.  Enterprising  and  public  spirited,  he  is  ever  ready 
to  work  for  the  common  good.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat  and  has 
served  as  trustee  of  his  township.  He  and  his  wife  are  members  of  the 
Lutheran  church.  Not  only  has  Mr.  Christiansen  been  successful  in  a 
material  way,  but  he  has  obtained  the  friendship  and  the  respect  of  his 
neighbors  and  has  found  much  pleasure  in  the  society  of  his  family. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Christiansen  are  the  parents  of  ten  interesting  children, 
all  living,   and  most  of  them  at   home,   and   in   school.      Their  names   are : 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  995 

Carston  N.,  bom  on  December  4,  1882;  Anna  M..  born  on  May  23,  1884; 
John  M..  born  on  March  13,  1886;  George  W..  April  27,  1888;  Walter  C, 
September  6.  1890;  Lilhan  S..  November  6,  1893;  Carl  H..  February  10, 
1895;  Ernest  J..  April  22,  1897;  Elma  M.,  June  22.  1899;  and  Jeanette 
A.,  June  19,  1904. 


TRUELOVE  M.  CORSON. 

A  well  known  and  highly  respected  citizen  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  is  Truelove 
M.  Corson,  a  successful  and  popular  contractor,  who  has  by  hard  work  along 
legitimate  and  well  selected  lines,  advanced  from  a  modest  beginning  to  a 
position  of  influence  in  the  business  life  of  Clinton  county,  and  is  therefore 
deserving  of  a  great  deal  of  credit  on  the  part  of  his  fellow  men,  which  they 
freely  accord,  for  there  has  been  nothing  in  his  conduct  to  detract  from  the 
good  name  this  family  has  always  borne. 

Mr.  Corson  was  born  in  Jasper  county,  Iowa,  August  5,  1859,  and  he 
is  the  son  of  Benjamin  T.  and  Mary  E.  (Sparks)  Corson,  the  former  born 
in  Clark  county,  Ohio,  July  31,  1832,  and  the  latter  was  born  in  Iowa,  Decem- 
ber iS,  1842;  they  were  married  on  July  15,  1858.  The  paternal  grand- 
father of  Mr.  Corson  was  Eli  E.  Corson,  who  was  born  in  Ohio ;  he  was  a 
farmer  l>y  occupation.  Benjamin  H.  Corson  came  with  his  parents  to  Jas- 
per county,  Iowa,  in  an  early  day  and  he  entered  government  land  there. 
Later  he  moved  to  Missouri  and  farmed  there  several  years,  and  finallv,  in 
1870,  he  moved  to  Crawford  county,  Iowa,  where  he  purchased  a  good  farm, 
which  he  still  owns.  He  was  always  a  hard  working  man  and  managed  well, 
so  that  he  has  laid  by  a  competency  for  his  declining  years  and  is  now  living 
retired  at  the  town  of  Botana,  Shelby  county,  this  state.  He  is  a  man  of 
fine  personal  characteristics,  and  he  and  his  family  are  all  members  of  the 
United  Brethren  church.  The  maternal  grandparents  were  Truelove  and 
Sarah  Sparks,  who  were  among  the  very  earliest  settlers  in  Iowa,  having 
•originally  come  from  Kentucky,  descendants  of  the  noted  frontiersman, 
Daniel  Boone.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Benjamin  H.  Corson  the  following  children 
were  born.  Truelove  M.  being  the  oldest:  Eli  E.,  Jerry  J.,  Ulysses  S.  Grant, 
Charles  P.  and  Alberta  A.  (named  in  order  of  birth). 

Truelove  M.  Corson  was  educated  in  the  common  schools  of  Iowa  and 
Missouri,  his  parents  moving  to  the  latter  state  when  he  was  nine  years  old. 
He  grew  to  maturity  on  a  farm  and  worked  in  the  fields  when  a  boy.     After 


996  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

remaining  in  that  state  six  years,  he  returned  to  Crawford  county,  Iowa. 
He  began  Hfe  for  himself  as  a  farmer,  buying,  in  1880,  eighty  acres  of  land 
in  Shelby  county,  Iowa,  and  this  he  still  owns.  When  a  young  man  he  also 
learned  the  carpenter's  trade  and  while  managing  his  farm  he  did  a  great  deal 
of  building;  in  fact,  he  did  more  contracting  than  any  other  man  in  the  town 
of  Botana,  Iowa,  for  several  years.  In  1901  he  moved  to  Clinton.  Iowa,  and 
worked  for  several  large  contractors  at  first,  among  them  being  John  Lake. 
In  1907  he  started  in  for  himself  as  a  contractor  and  has  been  doing  a  large 
and  satisfactory  business.  He  purchased  a  house  at  No.  605  Fourth  avenue 
and  has  remodeled  it  into  a  comfortable  and  modern,  well  equipped  and  at- 
tractive dwelling.  He  is  thoroughly  familiar  with  every  detail  of  the  builder's 
art  and  deserves  to  rank  high  as  an  architect. 

Mr.  Corson  married,  on  May  13,  1880,  Cornelia  B.  Langham,  who  was 
born  May  18,  1858,  in  Clinton  county,  the  daughter  of  George  and  Mary 
Langham,  natives  of  England.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Corson  two  children  have 
been  born,  Herbert  Henry,  born  March  3,  1887,  and  George  E.,  born  June 
9,  1891. 

Air.  Corson  is  a  member  of  the  Modern  Woodmen  of  America,  also  be- 
longs to  the  auxiliary,  the  Royal  Neighbors. 


HANS  FREDERICK  CHRISTIAN  BEHR. 

There  are  a  conspicuously  large  number  of  German-born  citizens  or 
citizens  of  German  descent  in  Clinton,  and  there  are  no  more  worthy  or  public 
spirited  inhabitants  of  the  city  than  are  they.  Mr.  Behr  was  born  in  Ger- 
many, came  as  a  young  man  to  this  country,  and  here  found  the  opportunities 
for  which  he  was  seeking,  and  has  lived  a  successful  life.  His  many  amiable 
and  afifable  qualities  have  made  for  him  many  friends  among  those  who  know 
him,  all  of  w^hom  consider  him  as  one  of  the  best  of  companions. 

Hans  Frederick  Christian  Behr  was  born  in  Schleswig,  Germany,  on 
September  23,  1864,  the  son  of  Christian  and  Margaret  Behr.  Christian 
Behr  was  also  a  native  of  Schleswig,  and  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  in  1882, 
where  he  died  in  1888,  after  making  himself  a  welcome  inhabitant  of  this 
his  adopted  country.     His  wife  had  died  in  Germany. 

Hans  F.  C.  Behr  received  his  education  from  the  German  schools,  and 
was  a  young  man  of  nineteen  when  he  came  to  Clinton,  Iowa,  in  1883.  Upon 
reaching  the  city  he  engaged  in  the  furniture  business,  and  continued  in  it 


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for  many  years.  In  1907  he  and  F.  V.  Hall  formed  a  partnership  in  the 
undertaking  business,  which  continued  for  only  a  year,  when  Mr.  Hall  sold  his 
interest  to  H.  E.  Bragonier.  The  firm  is  still  known  as  the  F.  V.  Hall  Com- 
pany and  has  been  a  prosperous  one.  Mv.  Behr  is  very  competent  in  the  lines 
of  his  profession,  having  graduated  with  Hohenschuh  and  Carpener  of  Des 
Moines,  Iowa.  The  company  possesses  the  best  of  trade  fixtures  and  appli- 
ances, and  is  fully  equipped  for  his  business. 

Mr.  Behr  is  unmarried.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Independent  Order  of 
Odd  Fellows  and  has  filled  many  important  ofifices  in  that  body.  In  religion 
he  has  adhered  to  the  Lutheran  faith  of  his  parents.  In  politics  he  is  inde- 
pendent, voting  for  the  men  whom  he  thinks  are  best  fitted  for  the  ofifices  for 
which  they  are  striving,  regardless  of  their  political  affiliation.  He  is  a  gen- 
tleman of  pleasant  manner,  and  very  agreeable  to  meet  and  converse  with, 
while  he  is  also  a  man  of  strong  judgment  in  business  matters.  Such  citizens 
as  Mr.  Behr  are  the  best  example  of  the  value  of  immigration  to  this  country. 


JOHN  W.  DUNLAP. 


Among  those  men  of  sterling  attributes  of  character  wlio  have  impressed 
their  personality  upon  the  community  of  their  residence  and  have  borne  their 
full  share  in  the  upbuilding  and  develojDment  of  Clinton  county,  mention  must 
not  be  omitted  of  John  \\\  Dunlap,  well  known  agriculturist  and  stock  man  of 
Brookfield  towu'-rhip.  where  he  has  long  maintain.ed  his  home  and  where  he 
has  exerted  a  strong  influence  for  good  to  the  entire  community.  He  is  the 
scion  of  a  fine  old  Virginia  family,  and  many  of  the  qualities  of  the  genteel 
Southern  gentleman  are  paramount  in  his  nature,  which  renders  him  popular 
with  all  classes  of  people. 

John  ^^^  Dunlap  was  l:orn  in  Rockingham  count}'.  Virginia,  on  Fel:ni- 
ary  Ji,  1856,  and  he  is  the  son  of  Col.  J.  A\\  Dunlap,  a  highly  honored  and 
influential  citizen  of  the  Old  Dominion,  who  was  Ijorn  in  the  same  county  on 
June  I,  1814,  and  who  married  Agnes  Phillips,  also  born  in  Rockingham 
county,  that  state,  her  birth  occurring  on  October  30,  1816.  These  parents 
were  married  on  February  23,  1832.  The  paternal  grandfather,  William 
DunFp,  was  a  tvpe  of  the  sterling  Scotchman,  having  been  born  in  the  lands 
of  "blue  bell  and  heather,"  from  which  he  emigrated  to  the  United  States 
in  an  early  day  and  located  in  Virginia,  where  he  maintained  a  plantation. 
His  only  child  was  the  father  of  the  subject,  and  he  became  a  prosperous  and 


99^  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

successful  farmer  in  \^irginia.  He  was  a  man  of  patriotic  impulses  and 
military  in  spirit  and  prior  to  the  breaking  out  of  the  war  between  the  states 
lie  had  begun  drilling  a  regiment.  However,  he  moved  west  before  the  war, 
but  during  the  conflict  commanded  a  regiment  with  much  ability  and  courage. 
Politically,  he  was  a  Democrat  and  held  various  local  offices.  It  was  on 
January  3.  1859,  that  he  reached  Brookfield  township,  Clinton  county.  Here 
he  rented  land,  living  with  his  brother-in-law,  J.  E.  Philipps,  for  four  years, 
then  bought  eighty  acres  which  he  farmed  until  his  death,  November  5, 
1869.  He  was  a  man  of  many  splendid  and  commendable  qualities  of  head 
and  heart  and  was  held  in  the  highest  esteem  by  all  who  knew  him.  His 
wife  survived  him  many  years,  dying  on  January  28,  1896.  They  were  mem- 
bers of  the  Presbyterian  church,  and  their  family  consisted  of  the  following 
children,  named  in  order  of  birth:  William  P.,  of  Maquoketa,  Iowa;  Mrs. 
Mary  E.  Anderson;  Mrs.  Eusabia  Twist,  deceased;  James  H.,  deceased;  A. 
N.,  of  Maquoketa;  John  \V.,  of  this  review;  Robert  E.,  deceased. 

John  W.  Dunlap,  of  this  review,  was  only  three  years  of  age  when  he 
accompanied  his  parents  from  Virginia  to  Iowa,  the  trip  requiring  fifty-one 
days,  in  a  wagon  and  buggy,  overland.  Although  too  young  to  realize  what 
it  all  meant,  it  was  an  interesting  experience,  crossing  the  narrow  defiles  of 
the  Blueridge  mountains,  traveling  rough  roads  through  almost  interminable 
forests  and  fording  unbridged  streams  and  camping  along  the  route  in  typical 
pioneer  fashion. 

John  W.  Dunlap  grew  to  maturity  in  Clinton  county  and  attended  the 
common  schools.  He  assisted  with  the  work  on  the  home  fann  in  Brook- 
field  township,  which  he  eventually  purchased  and  to  which  he  has  since 
added  eighty  acres,  making  a  good  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres 
which  he  has  kept  well  improved  and  well  tilled.  He  has  erected  comfortable 
and  substantial  buildings.  He  is  interested  in  breeding  thoroughbred  cattle 
and  has  been  in  the  business  twenty-seven  years.  He  raises  polled  Durham 
cattle,  which  always  find  a  very  ready  market  owing  to  their  superior  quality. 
He  is  a  general  farmer. 

Mr.  Dunlap  is  an  ardent  Democrat  and  has  long  been  active  in  fostering 
the  principles  of  his  party.  He  is  regarded  as  a  leader  in  local  matters  and 
his  candidacy  for  representative  from  this  district  in  19 10  was  looked  upon 
with  much  favor  by  all  classes  from  the  first,  he  being  elected  in  November 
following. 

Mr.  Dunlap  is  a  member  of  the  Methodist  church  at  Elwood  and  fra- 
ternallv  he  belongs  to  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows. 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  999 

On  November  20,  1886.  occurred  the  marriage  of  Mr.  Dnnlap  with 
Hattie  Kennedy,  who  was  born  in  Dubuque  county,  Iowa,  April  4,  i860,  the 
daughter  of  Robert  and  Catherine  Kennedy,  a  most  excellent  family.  Mr. 
Kennedy  came  here  from  Pennsylvania  in  the  earlv  forties,  among  the  pio- 
neers.    He  is  of  Scotch  descent. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Dunlap  have  no  children  of  their  own,  but  they  have 
taken  Hugh  E.  Clark,  an  orphan  boy,  and  reared  him ;  he  was  born  in  London. 
He  has  had  the  very  best  of  care  and  instruction  in  the  Dunlap  home. 

Mr.  Dunlap  is  a  man  wdiom  to  know  is  to  admire  and  respect.  He  is 
temperate  in  every  sense  of  the  word,  a  stanch  friend,  honorable  in  all  the 
relations  of  life  and  his  word  is  the  same  as  a  bond. 


JAMES  OWEN  BABCOCK. 

The  value  of  lives  may  be  measured  by  many  standards.  There  is  nowa- 
days far  too  great  a  tendency  to  measure  the  worth  of  a  man  by  the  amount 
of  money  which  he  has  accumulated,  and  to  lose  sight  of  things  which  not 
onlv  make  a  life  more  advantageous  to  the  community,  but  make  it  more 
truly  profitable  to  the  one  who  lives  it.  While  Mr.  Babcock  lives  comfort- 
ablv  ?n(l  need  not  complain  that  he  has  been  neglected  in  the  things  of  this 
world,  his  life  measures  high  in  character,  while  many  a  man  who  has 
infinitely  more  of  wealth  falls  far  below  him  in  this  respect. 

James  Owen  Babcock  was  born  in  Clark  county,  Ohio,  on  October  30, 
1838,  the  son  of  John  and  Elizabeth  (Hardman)  Babcock,  who,  with  other 
Seventh-Day  Baptists,  came  to  Clinton  county  in  1854  and  located  in  Bloom- 
field  township.  John  Babcock  owned  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  of  land  in 
Bloomfield  township  and  an  equal  amount  in  Welton  township.  He  im- 
proved the  Bloomfield  township  farm  and  lived  on  it  until  his  death.  Of  his 
family  of  nine  children,  four  are  living.  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican. 
The  Babcocks  have  been  prominently  identified  with  the  religious  life  of  the 
Seventh-Day  Baptist  community  at  North  Welton,  a  little  band  of  Christians 
of  a  somewhat  peculiar  belief,  who  observe  the  seventh  day  as  the  sabbath  and 
who  in  their  daily  life  so  exemplify  their  doctrines  that  they  are  among  the 
mo.st  peaceful  and  useful  citizens  of  the  community,  commanding  the  respect 
of  their  neighbors  of  whatever  creed. 

James  O.  Babcock  received  his  education  in  the  district  schools.  He  be- 
gan early  to  farm  in  Welton  township,  and  carried  on  general  farming  on  a 


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one  hundred  and  twenty  acre  farm  there  until  1885,  when  he  removed  to 
North  \\'elton.  the  center  of  the  Seventh-Day  Baptist  community.  In  poH- 
tics  he,  hke  his  father,  was  formerly  a  Republican,  but  is  now  a  Prohibitionist. 
Though  never  an  aspirant  for  office,  he  at  one  time  served  his  township  as 
trustee.  He  is  one  of  the  most  faithful  of  the  members  of  the  Seventh-Dav 
Baptist  church,  in  which  he  is  a  deacon,  and  his  wife  and  familv  are  members 
of  the  same  church. 

James  O.  Babcock  was  married  in  11860  to  Almarine  Van  Horn,  who  has 
borne  to  him  two  children,  Otis  W.  and  Bertha  P.  Modest  and  unassuming, 
of  unspotted  character,  Mr.  Babcock  possesses  the  respect  of  all  who  know 
him. 


DAVID  S.  FAIRCHILD,  M.  D. 

In  the  present  sketch  is  mentioned  one  who  has  had  an  exceedingly  varied 
and  useful  professional  career  and  one  which  redounds  to  his  own  credit  and 
to  the  advancement  of  mankind.  In  his  work  he  has  been  ever  active,  and 
in  the  position  of  exceptional  opportunity  which  he  held  so  long  as  an  in- 
structor in  the  medical  profession,  he  has  merited  much  praise  for  the  efficient 
and  thorough  instruction  which  he  has  given  and  for  the  high  professional 
ideals  which  he  has  set  before  his  students. 

David  S.  Fairchild  was  born  in  Fairfield,  Vermont,  on  i6th  of  Septem- 
ber, 1847,  the  son  of  Eli  and  Grace  Fairchild.  Eli  Fairchild  was  the  son  of 
David,  the  son  of  John,  the  son  of  Abraham  Fairchild.  who  came  to  Redding, 
Connecticut,  from  Norwalk.  Connecticut,  in  1746.  John  was  a  soldier  in  the 
Revolution  and  family  tradition  says  that  five  of  his  brothers  were  in  that 
same  great  struggle.     Such  a  record  is  possessed  by  few  families. 

Da\"i(l  was  educated  in  the  academies  of  Franklin  and  Barre,  Vermont, 
studied  medicine  with  Dr.  J.  O.  Cromton.  of  Fairfield,  attended  medical  lec- 
tures at  the  University  of  Michigan  from  1866  to  1868,  and  graduated  at 
Albany,  New  York,  in  December,  1868.  He  then  located  in  High  Forest, 
Minnesota,  where  he  stayed  three  years.  In  1872  he  located  in  Ames,  Iowa, 
and  there  in  1877  was  appointed  physician  to  Iowa  Agricultural  College.  In 
1879  he  was  elected  professor  of  comparative  anatomy  and  physiology,  which 
position  he  held  until  1893,  when  he  resigned  to  become  state  surgeon  for  the 
Northwestern  railway.  In  1897  he  was  appointed  special  examining  surg-eon 
for  the  Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  St.  Paul  railway.  Back  in  1882  he  had  been 
elected  to  the  chair  of  histology  and  pathology  in  the  Iowa  College  of  Physi- 


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cians  and  Surgeons  at  Des  Moines.  In  1886  he  was  given  the  chair  of  theory 
and  practice,  and  later,  in  1903,  was  elected  dean.  For  two  years  previous 
to  the  incorporation  of  the  institution  as  a  part  of  Drake  University,  he  was 
its  president.  He  has  given  much  attention  to  nervous  and  hereditary  dis- 
eases. In  1874  he  assisted  in  organizing  the  Central  District  Medical  Society, 
and  in  1886  was  elected  president.  In  1895  he  was  elected  president  of  the 
Iowa  State  Medical  Society,  and  was  also  in  1898  president  of  the  Western 
Surgical  and  Gynecological  Association.  He  assisted  in  organizing  the  Iowa 
Academy  of  Sciences,  and  was  chairman  of  the  committee  appointed  by  the 
State  Medical  Society  to  prepare  a  history  of  medicine  in  Iowa.  In  1893  he 
came  to  Clinton,  where  he  has  since  had  an  extensive  practice. 

Doctor  Fairchild  was  married  on  May  i,  1870,  to  Wilhelmina  C,  daugh- 
ter of  \Y.  R.  Tattersall.  He  is  the  father  of  one  son,  D.  S.  Fairchild.  Jr., 
who  practices  medicine  with  him.  Doctor  Fairchild  is  an  exceedingly  busy 
man.  and  one  who  fully  appreciates  the  responsibilities  as  well  as  the  oppor- 
tunities of  his  profession.      Personally  he  is  a  man  of  very  high  character. 


JOHN  WIRTH. 

Among  the  old  and  substantial  residents  of  Brookfield  township,  Clinton 
county,  Iowa,  is  John  Wirth,  a  native  of  Germany,  who  was  born  on  February 
29,  1836.  His  parents,  Martin  and  Therese  (Bohner)  Wirth,  spent  their 
lives  in  the  fatherland,  and  of  their  nine  children  only  two  are  living,  one  in 
the  old  country  and  one,  the  subject  of  this  sketch,  in  the  United  States.  John 
Wirth  was  reared  on  a  farm,  but  at  the  age  of  fifteen  years  began  learning 
the  blacksmith  trade,  at  which  his  son  became  a  very  proficient  worker  and 
which  he  followed  at  difi^erent  places  in  his  native  country  for  a  number  of 
years.  In  1855  he  came  to  the  United  States  and  during  the  ensuing  three 
years  worked  at  his  trade  in  Chicago,  removing  at  the  expiration  of  that  time 
to  Minnesota,  where  he  conducted  a  shop  for  one  year.  He  then  came  to 
Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  June,  and  after  spending  three  years  at  St.  Louis, 
went  to  Grand  Mound,  where  he  devoted  about  one  year  to  farm  labor,  after 
which  he  started  a  shop  at  DeWitt,  where  he  followed  his  chosen  calling  until 
1865.  In  the  meantime,  1863,  he  bought  a  farm  of  eighty  acres  and  at  the 
expiration  of  the  period  indicated  moved  to  the  same  and  from  1865  until 
i88t  devoted  his  attention  to  agricultural  pursuits  in  this  locality.  In  the 
latter  year  he  purchased  two  hundred  and  twenty  acres  of  land  in  Brookfield 


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township,  to  which  he  moved  about  the  same  time  and  which  he  improved 
with  good  buildings  and  on  a  part  of  which  he  still  resides. 

From  1 88 1  until  practically  retiring  from  active  life  a  few  years  ago, 
-Mr.  Wirth  was  one  of  the  leading  farmers  and  stock  raisers  of  Brookfield 
township,  also  among  the  largest  land  owners,  his  real  estate  in  Clinton  and 
Jackson  counties  at  one  time  amounting  to  over  two  thousand  acres.  After 
accumulating  a  handsome  competency  by  his  farm  interests  and  investments, 
he  divided  his  land  among  his  children,  retaining  thirty  acres  for  himself  on 
which  he  is  now  living  in  comfortable  and  honorable  retirement.  Mr.  Wirth 
has  been  very  fortunate  financially,  and  is  today  one  of  the  well-to-do  men 
and  substantial  citizens  of  the  township  in  which  he  has  long  resided.  In 
politics  he  is  a  prominent  and  influential  Democrat,  and  as  such  has  been 
elected  from  time  to  time  to  various  local  offices,  having  served  his  township 
as  trustee,  school  director  and  in  other  capacities.  Mr.  Wirth  was  married 
April  27,  1863,  to  Mary  Bolte,  a  native  of  Germany,  who  has  borne  him  eight 
children,  namely:  Matilda,  Minnie,  Felix  E.  (died  on  April  24,  191 1,  at  the 
age  of  forty-two  years),  Alexander,  Frank,  Arthur,  Edith  and  Josephine, 
the  majority  of  whom  are  married,  well  settled  in  life  and  highly  esteemed  in 
their  respective  places  of  residence.  Mr.  Wirth  is  widely  known  throughout 
Clinton  county  and  to  a  marked  degree  commands  the  respect  and  confidence 
of  his  neighbors  and  fellow  citizens.  He  is  a  self  made  man  in  the  most 
liberal  meaning  of  the  term,  as  he  came  to  the  county  with  little  means,  and 
the  ample  fortune  which  in  due  time  he  accumulated  is  the  result  of  his  own 
labors  and  judicious  management.  He  is  a  splendid  example  of  the  intelli- 
gent and  progressive  German-American  citizenship  to  which  the  great  West 
is  so  largely  indebted  for  its  material  growth  and  prosperity  and  his  life  may 
be  studied  with  profit  by  the  young  man  whose  career  is  yet  to  be  achieved. 

Alexander  J.  Wirth,  second  son  of  John  and  Mary  Wirth,  was  born  in 
Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on  the  3d  day  of  March,  1871.  He  was  reared  to 
habits  of  industry  under  the  excellent  training  of  his  father,  received  a  fair 
education  in  the  public  schools  of  his  township,  and  grew  up  familiar  with  the 
active  duties  of  farm  life.  At  the  proper  age  he  took  his  place  in  the  fields 
during  his  minority,  bore  his  proportionate  share  in  the  cultivation  of  the 
family  homestead,  proving  industrious  and  helpful,  and  while  still  a  mere 
youth  he  was  able  to  do  a  man's  part  at  almost  any  kind  of  manual  labor. 
Having  chosen  agriculture  as  his  life  work,  he  bent  all  his  energies  toward 
becoming  proficient  in  the  same,  and  on  leaving  home  bought  two  hundred 
acres  of  land  a  short  distance  west  of  Elwood,  which  he  has  greatly  improved 


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and  which,  under  his  effective  industry,  is  now  one  of  the  finest  farms  and 
among  the  most  beautiful  and  desirable  rural  homes  in  the  township  of  Brook- 
field.  Mr.  Wirth  devotes  his  attention  to  general  farming  and  stock  raising 
and  his  career  as  an  agriculturist  presents  a  series  of  continued  successes  such 
as  few  attain.  Industrious,  energetic  and  possessing  sound  practical  intelli- 
gence and  mature  judgment,  he  takes  broad  views  of  his  calling  and  conducts 
his  farm  along  modern  lines  with  the  result  that  he  never  fails  to  realize 
bountiful  returns  from  his  labors.  He  is  a  public  spirited  man,  keenly  alive 
to  the  best  interests  of  his  township  and  county,  and  ready  at  all  times  to  lend 
his  influence  to  all  worthy  measures  for  the  general  welfare.  He  is  pro- 
nounced in  his  allegiance  to  the  Democratic  party,  keeps  well  informed  on  the 
leading  questions  of  the  day  and  enters  heartily  into  what  makes  for  the  best 
interests  of  his  fellow  men.  Fraternally,  he  is  an  Odd  Fellow^  belonging 
to  the  lodge  at  Lost  Nation,  the  canton  and  encampment  at  Maquoketa  and 
the  Rebekah  degree  at  Elwood,  being  an  active  and  influential  worker  in  the 
several  branches  of  these  orders. 

Mr.  Wirth,  in  the  month  of  November,  1894,  was  united  in  marriage 
with  Clara  Herkelman,  whose  father,  Carl  Herkelman,  is  noticed  elsewhere 
in  this  chapter,  the  union  resulting  in  the  birth  of  four  children,  Raymond, 
Lester,  Lela  and  Verda.  In  every  relation  of  life  Mr.  Wirth  is  recognized 
as  possessing  a  strong  sense  of  tmth  and  justice  and  he  discharges  the  duties 
of  citizenship  with  the  energy  and  fidelity  characteristic  of  the  broad-minded 
American  who  loses  sight  of  self  in  his  desire  to  uphold  the  honor  of  his  state 
and  nation.  Of  inflexible  integrity  and  irreproachable  character  and  actuated 
by  a  sincere  desire  to  make  the  world  better,  he  stands  today  among  the  most 
estimable  and  popular  citizens  of  the  tow-nship  in  which  he  resides. 


FRED  MUELLER. 


Mention  of  the  leading  citizens  of  Calamus  and  Olive  township  brings 
up  among  the  first  names  that  of  the  man  whose  name  appears  above,  one  of 
the  countv's  most  progressive  citizens,  a  farmer  of  ability  and  success,  and  a 
careful  and  sagacious  business  man.  The  efforts  of  his  life  have  been  pros- 
pered and  have  been  well  rewarded.  But  as  nothing  can  be  obtained  without 
expenditure,  let  us  not  think  that  Mr.  Mueller  reached  his  present  position  by 
accident,  but  that  he  obtained  it  as  the  result  of  his  carefully  guided  labors, 
and  in  this  w^ay  his  career  is  an  inspiration. 


I004  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Fred  Mueller  was  born  in  Germany,  September  22,  1852,  the  son  of 
Frederick  and  Dora  (Cook)  Mueller.  His  parents  were  native  Germans, 
and  came  to  Hampton,  Illinois,  in  1854,  and  in  1865  removed  to  Clinton 
county.  Here  Mr.  Mueller  bought  a  farm  of  two  hundred  acres,  but  sold  this 
and  moved  to  Martin  county,  Minnesota,  and  there  bought  three  hundred  and 
twenty  acres,  to  which  he  added  two  hundred  and  forty  more,  owning  at 
death  five  hundred  and  sixty  acres.  He  was  a  hard  working  man  in  early  life, 
had  much  influence  in  his  neighborhood,  and  was  a  man  of  strong  Christian 
character.  He  was  in  politics  a  Democrat.  He  and  his  wife  were  members 
of  the  Lutheran  church,  and  he  was  one  of  the  founders  of  the  Buena  Vista 
church.  They  were  the  parents  of  three  children,  all  now  living.  His  wife 
died  in  Illinois  in  1862,  and  he  married  later  Minnie  Schmaechel,  who  bore 
him  nine  children.  fi\-e  of  whom  are  living. 

Fred  Mueller  was  reared  on  the  farm,  and  attended  the  public  schools  in 
Illinois  and  also  in  Clinton  county.  He  has  always  liked  the  life  on  the  farm, 
early  took  up  farming  for  himself,  and  now  owns  three  hundred  and  sixty 
acres  just  north  of  Calamus.  In  1906  he  bought  the  elevator  at  Calamus,  and 
operates  it  in  connection  with  his  son,  John  F.,  who  is  a  partner  in  the  enter- 
prise under  the  name  of  Mueller  &  Son.  They  do  an  extensive  and  paying 
business.  On  the  farm  he  carries  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising.  In 
politics  he  is  a  Democrat,  and  has  been  township  trustee  for  seven  years  in 
succession,  and  school  director  for  twelve  years.  He  and  his  family  are 
Lutherans. 

Mr.  Mueller  was  married  on  November  23,  1876,  to  Minnie  Wendell, 
who  was  born  in  Rock  Island  county,  Illinois,  the  daughter  of  Heniy  Wendell, 
an  early  settler  of  Clinton  county,  mentioned  in  this  work.  To  this  union 
have  been  born  eleven  children:  John.  Fred  (deceased).  Henry,  \A'illie, 
Amanda.  Reinholdt,  Alfred,  Dora,  Eddie,  Ellen  (deceased)  and  Walter. 

Mr.  Mueller  is  a  careful  and  successful  farmer,  a  business  man  of  keen- 
ness and  sagacity,  and  in  his  official  position  well  merited  the  trust  reposed 
in  him  by  the  people.  He  is  a  friend  of  education,  and  takes  great  pleasure  in 
his  home  and  family. 


GEORGE  W.  SACKRIDER. 

This  old  and  highly  esteemed  citizen,  who  for  many  years  has  been 
identified  with  the  varied  interests  of  Clinton  county,  and  who  during  the  try- 
ing period  of  rebellion  upheld  the  honor  of  the  National  Union  on  the  bloody 


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field  of  conflict,  is  a  native  of  Delaware  county,  Ohio,  and  one  of  six  children, 
whose  parents,  Isaac  and  Nancy  (Hults)  Sackrider,  were  born  in  the  state  of 
New  York.  They  were  married  about  1832,  and  shortly  thereafter  moved  to 
Delaware  county,  Ohio,  where  the  wife  died  late  in  the  forties  or  early  in  the 
fifties.  In  about  185 1  Mr.  Sackrider  brought  his  family  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  and  settled  on  a  farm  in  Brookfield  township.  His  first  purchase  con- 
sisted of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres,  v^diich  he  afterwards  increased  to  two 
hundred,  the  greater  part  of  which  he  cleared  and  improved  and  on  which  he 
lived  a  quiet  contented  life  until  called  to  his  final  reward,  in  the  year  1878. 
Of  his  five  sons  and  one  daughter,  three  are  living,  the  subject  of  this  sketch 
being  the  youngest  of  the  family. 

George  W.  Sackrider  was  born  August  14.  1839,  ^^^  spent  the  first  ten 
years  of  his  life  in  his  native  county.  In  185 1  he  accompanied  his  father  to 
Clinton  county,  Iowa,  and  grew  to  manhood  on  the  home  farm  in  Brookfield 
township,  attending  at  intervals,  the  meanwhile,  the  rural  school  of  the  neigh- 
borhood. He  remained  at  home  assisting  with  the  work  of  the  farm  until 
1862,  when  he  exchanged  the  implements  of  husbandry  for  the  death  dealing 
instruments  of  warfare,  joining,  in  July  of  that  year.  Company  I,  Twenty- 
fourth  Iowa  Infantry,  with  which  he  se.rved  until  the  close  of  the  Rebellion 
in  1865.  Mr.  Sackrider  took  part  in  some  of  the  most  notable  campaigns  of 
the  w^ar,  first  in  Mississippi,  where  he  participated  in  the  battle  of  Champion 
Hill,  the  various  engagements  around  Pleasant  Hill,  and  from  May  22,  1863, 
until  the  fourth  day  of  the  following  July,  was  engaged  in  the  siege  of  Vicks- 
burg.  He  shared  with  his  comrades  many  of  the  vicissitudes  of  warfare  and 
was  in  a  great  deal  of  hard  fighting,  but  twelve  of  his  company  escaping  death 
and  injury  in  the  bloody  battle  of  Champion  Hill.  He  also  experienced  much 
active  service  in  Virginia  under  General  Sheridan,  having  been  in  the  battle 
of  Cedar  creek  and  many  other  engagements,  and  was  with  that  distinguished 
leader  when  he  turned  defeat  into  victory  after  the  celebrated  ride  of  twenty 
miles  which  has  helped  to  make  his  name  famous.  At  the  close  of  the  war,  he 
was  discharged  with  a  record  for  bravery  and  gallantry  of  which  any  soldier 
might  well  feel  proud,  and,  returning  to  Clinton  county,  resumed  the  pursuit 
of  agriculture  on  sixty  acres  of  land  in  Brookfield  township,  given  him  by  his 
father. 

From  this  modest  beginning,  Mr.  Sackrider's  progress  as  a  farmer  has 
been  continuous,  and  he  now  owns  a  fine  estate  of  three  hundred  and  twenty 
acres,  on  which  are  some  of  the  best  improvements  in  the  community,  includ- 
ing an  imposing  modern  dwelling,  which  in  point  of  architectural  beauty  and 


I006  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

all  that  constitutes  a  comfortable  rural  home  is  perhaps  the  finest  edifice  of  the 
kind  in  Brookfield  township  and  excelled  by  few,  if  any,  in  the  county.  The 
premises  have  been  beautified  by  quite  a  number  of  shade  trees,  which  Mr. 
Sackrider  has  set  out  from  time  to  time;  these,  with  the  beautiful  lawn,  inter- 
spersed with  flowers  and  ornamental  shrubbery,  add  to  the  attractiveness  of 
a  home  in  which  little  is  lacking  to  render  it  a  model  of  its  kind. 

Mr.  Sackrider  is  easily  one  of  the  leading  farmers  and  stock  raisers  of 
his  township  and  stands  in  the  first  rank  among  the  representative  citizens. 
Enterprising  and  progressive,  he  manifests  commendable  zeal  in  the  develop- 
ment and  growth  of  the  country,  wields  a  strong  influence  for  the  Democratic 
party,  and  his  counsel  and  judgment  have  had  no  little  weight  in  shaping  the 
policies  of  the  same  in  his  own  and  other  counties  in  the  eastern  part  of  the 
state.  He  has  been  secretary'  of  the  school  board  for  a  number  of  years:  has 
also  served  as  trustee  of  his  township,  and  his  interest  in  public  matters  has 
given  him  considerable  prestige  as  a  leader  of  thought  and,  in  no  small  degree, 
a  moulder  of  opinion  among  his  fellow  citizens.  In  addition  to  his  farming 
and  live  stock  interests,  he  is  identified  with  various  public  utilities,  including 
the  Home  Telephone  Company,  the  Havery  Coal  Company  of  Montana,  the 
Delmar  Bank,  and  the  Peoples  Savings  Bank  of  Delmar,  being  a  large  stock- 
holder in  these  financial  institutions,  also  a  member  of  their  boards  of  directors. 
For  some  years  he  has  been  quite  active  in  secret  fraternal  work,  especially  in 
Odd  Fellowship  and  the  Pythian  order,  in  both  of  which  organizations  he  has 
been  honored  with  important  official  trusts. 

]\lr  Sackrider  was  happily  married  on  September  19,  1866,  to  Jennie 
Rarick,  of  Steuben  county,  New  York,  and  a  daughter  of  \\'illiam  and  Martha 
(Compton)  Rarick,  who  came  to  this  state  about  the  year  1858.  Mr.  Rarick 
was  by  occupation  a  carpenter  and  builder,  but  after  moving  west  he  turned 
his  attention  to  agriculture.  Mrs.  Sackrider  was  reared  and  educated  in  her 
nati\-e  state,  and  is  a  lady  of  fine  mind,  strong  individuality,  and  quite  popular 
in  the  social  circles  of  the  community.  She  has  borne  her  husband  two  chil- 
dren, the  older  being  a  son  who  answers  to  the  name  of  Clarence.  He  married 
Helen  Leach,  of  Maquoketa,  and  is  the  father  of  two  offspring,  Ruth  and 
Wilfred.  Carrie  was  the  second  in  order  of  birth,  and  is  the  wife  of  Doctor 
Wilson,  a  popular  dentist  of  Delmar,  and  has  two  daughters,  Vera  and  Gladys. 
Mrs.  Sackrider  is  interested  with  her  husband  in  secret  and  benevolent  work, 
being  a  member  of  the  Rebekah  lodge.  Independent  Order  of  Odd  Fellows,  the 
Pythian  Sisters,  the  Eastern  Stars,  and  is  also  a  chevalier,  the  highest  order  a 
ladv  can  attain. 


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ISAAC  NEWTON  LOOFBORO. 

Among  the  well  remembered  and  highly  revered  citizens  of  Clinton 
county  who  have  now  taken  up  their  abode  in  "the  low,  green  tent  whose  cur- 
tain never  outward  swings,"  none  is  deserving  of  higher  encomium  than  the 
late  Isaac  Newton  Loofboro,  for  his  life  was  exemplary  in  every  respect  and 
his  example  was  that  of  a  high-minded  and  public-spirited  man  of  affairs 
whose  career  is  worthy  of  imitation  by  the  youth  hesitating  at  the  parting  of 
the  ways.  .^| 

Mr.  Loofboro  was  born  in  Ohio,  on  July  12,  1832,  the  son  of  Davis  and 
Mary  (Maxon)  Loofboro,  the  former  a  native  of  Virginia,  and  the  latter  of 
Warren  county,  Ohio.  They  were  early  settlers  of  Ohio,  and  after  remaining 
in  the  Buckeye  state  for  some  time  moved  to  Illinois,  thence  to  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  in  the  early  fifties  and  here  they  spent  the  remainder  of  their  days, 
the  father  being  deceased. 

Isaac  N.  Loofboro  was  educated  in  the  schools  of  Ohio  and  Farmington, 
Illinois.  After  coming  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  he  engaged  in  farming,  first 
owning  eighty  acres  of  land,  which  he  sold  and  bought  one  hundred  and  sixty 
acres,  now  owned  by  the  family.  He  made  quite  a  success  as  a  general 
farmer  and  was  living  retired  at  the  time  of  his  death,  on  September  14,  1907. 
His  widow  is  now  living  at  North  Welton.  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican, 
but  a  Prohibitionist  at  the  time  of  his  death. 

Mr.  Loofboro  was  one  of  the  gallant  defenders  of  the  Union  during  the 
dark  days  of  the  Rebellion,  having  enlisted  in  Company  A,  Eighth  Iowa 
Volunteer  Infantry,  in  which  he  served  very  faithfully  for  three  years,  work- 
ing in  the  hospitals  most  of  the  time,  but  rendering  very  efficient  service 
wherever  he  was  placed.  He  and  his  family  were  members  of  the  Seventh- 
Day  Baptists,  and  he  was  veiy  faithful  in  his  support  of  the  same. 

Mr.  Loofboro  was  married  in  Clinton  county  to  Anna  Davis,  who  was 
born  in  Warren  county,  Ohio,  August  27,  1838,  the  daughter  of  William  and 
Mary  (Sterns)  Davis.  The  father  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  in  1861. 
His  wife  died  in  Indiana  and  his  death  occurred  in  Kansas.  They  were  peo- 
ple of  sterling  worth.  To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Loofboro  five  children  were  born, 
namely:  Horace  Roscoe,  born  in  Clinton  county,  July  30,  1865,  he  was  edu- 
cated in  the  public  schools  and  at  Milton  College,  Milton,  Wisconsin.  He 
turned  his  attention  to  farming  and  he  and  his  brother,  Lewis  Lester,  manage 
the  old  homestead,  carrying  on  general  farming  and  stock  raising  in  a  very 
successful  manner.     Horace   R.   was  married  on  June   5,    1901,   to  Hattie 


I008  CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA. 

Mudge,  a  native  of  Clinton  county,  and  the  daughter  of  Myron  C.  Mudge, 
mentioned  in  full  in  another  part  of  this  work.  To  this  union  two  sons  have 
been  born,  Paul  and  Elston.  Lewis  Lester  Loofboro  was  born  on  May  24, 
1872.  and  he  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  and  at  Milton  College.  He, 
too,  has  devoted  his  life  to  agricultural  pursuits,  as  above  mentioned.  Both 
he  and  his  brother  are  Prohibitionists  and  members  of  the  Seventh-Day  Bap- 
tist church.  The  following  three  children  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Isaac  N. 
Loofboro  are  deceased:  Viola  Alecia,  Yulee  and  Luella.  The  Loofboro  fam- 
ilv  has  always  been  regarded  as  among  the  best  people  in  this  section  of  the 
countA ,  being  honorable  in  all  the  relations  of  life  and  industrious. 


JAMES  EZRA  DOLAN. 

A  man  of  distinct  and  forceful  individuality,  of  undaunted  enterprise, 
and  in  manner  genial,  courteous  and  easily  approached,  is  James  Ezra  Dolan, 
the  faithful  and  capable  agent  of  the  Chicago  Burlington  &  Quincy  Railroad 
Company  at  Clinton,  Iowa.  He  deserves  a  great  deal  of  success  for  what  he 
has  accomplished  in  various  phases  of  railroad  life,  for  it  has  been  done  solely 
by  his  own  unaided  efforts,  often  in  the  face  of  obstacles. 

Mr.  Dolan  was  born  in  Lyons,  August  2'8,  1865,  and  he  has  always  lived 
in  this  part  of  the  great  commonwealth  of  Iowa,  growing  to  maturity  in  Clin- 
ton county.  He  is  the  son  of  John  B.  and  Phoebe  F.  (Crosby)  Dolan,  the 
father  a  native  of  Philadelphia  and  the  mother  of  Plainfield,  New  Hampshire. 
Each  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  single,  having  accompanied  their  parents 
in  the  fifties,  and  located  at  Lyons,  where  they  were  married.  The  maternal 
grandfather,  John  Crosby,  came  to  Clinton  county  in  1850.  The  father  is  of 
Irish  descent.  He  was  one  of  the  pioneer  hardware  men  of  the  county  and 
for  many  vears  enjoyed  an  excellent  trade  here.  He  was  in  no  sense  of  the 
word  a  public  man,  although  interested  in  the  general  development  of  the 
county;  he  preferred  to  spend  his  time  on  his  business  and  with  his  family, 
of  which  there  were  three  sons  and  one  daughter,  all  ^o^v  deceased  with  the 
exception  of  James  Ezra  of  this  review.  The  father  died  in  1875  ;  his  widow 
survived  until  1908,  reaching  an  advanced  age. 

One  brother  of  John  B.  Dolan  is  living,  Thomas  Dolan,  who  is  president 
of  the  United  Gas  Improvement  Company  of  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  a 
twenty-five-million-dollar  corporation. 

James  Ezra  Dolan  was  educated  in  the  public  schools  of  Clinton,  also 
attended  business  college  and  thus  became  well  equipped  for  his  life  work. 


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He  entered  the  employ  of  the  Chicag-o.  Mihvaukee  &  St.  Paul  Railroad  Com- 
pany under  J.  S.  Stratton,  \vho  was  local  agent  at  that  time.  He  remained  in 
this  position  one  year,  then  went  to  the  Chicago,  Burlington  &  Quincy  road 
as  night  operator  at  Denrock  Junction,  Illinois.  Later  he  spent  three  years 
in  the  train  dispatcher's  office,  then  spent  one  year  in  the  Clinton  office,  and 
on  October  27,  1902,  he  was  appointed  agent,  having  been  here  since  1895,  a 
position  he  still  holds,  having  charge  of  both  the  freight  and  passenger  work, 
his  office  being  at  No.  221  Main  street,  Lyons.  He  has  proven  to  be  a  very- 
faithful  employe  and  is  giving  the  company  entire  satisfaction  in  this  capacity. 
Mr.  Dolan  is  also  interested  in  the  Tri-City  Telephone  Company. 

Politically,  Mr.  Dolan  is  a  Republican  and  in  religious  matters  an 
Episcopalian.  He  belongs  to  the  Demolay  Consistory  of  Masons.  He  has 
been  secretary  of  the  Athenaeum  Club  for  the  past  fifteen  years.  This  is  the 
societv  club  of  the  north  end  of  Clinton.     He  has  never  married. 


CARL  B.  BERST. 


Energy,  sound  judgment  and  persistency  of  effort,  properly  applied, 
will  always  win  the  goal  sought  in  the  sphere  of  human  endeavor,  no  matter 
what  the  environment  may  be  or  what  obstacles  are  met  with,  for  they 
wlio  are  endowed  witli  such  characteristics  make  of  their  adversities  step- 
ping-stones to  higher  things.  These  reflections  are  suggested  by  a  study 
of  the  career  of  Carl  B.  Berst,  the  popular  and  efficient  cashier  of  the 
Farmers  and  Merchants  Bank  of  Welton,  Clinton  county,  who  has  forged 
his  way  to  the  front  ranks  and  stands  today  among  the  representative  young 
men  of  his  locality. 

]\Ir.  Berst  was  born  in  the  state  of  Ohio,  November  26,  1876.  and  he 
was  educated  in  Germany  and  in  a  business  college  at  Springfield,  Missouri. 
He  applied  himself  very  assiduously  to  his  text-books,  and  being  a  keen 
observer,  has  become  highly  educated. 

Starting  in  business  early  in  life,  he  has  been  very  successful  in  all 
lines  which  have  claimed  his  attention.  For  several  years  he  made  a  success 
of  the  creamerv  business  in  Illinois.  In  1891  he  came  to  Clinton  county. 
Iowa,  and  located  in  Welton  township  where  he  continued  in  the  creamery 
business  for  a  period  of  seven  years.  L'nderstanding  the  minute  workings 
of  this  line  of  endeavor  he  made  a  great  success  of  the  same  here  and  be- 

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came  well  known.  He  is  now  the  owner  of  one-half  of  the  local  creamery, 
which  is  one  of  the  best  equipped  and  most  popular  in  the  county. 

When  the  Farmers  and  Merchants  Bank  was  organized  at  Welton, 
this  county,  on  December  21,  1908,  Mr.  Berst  became  cashier,  which  respon- 
sible and  important  position  he  has  continued  to  hold  to  the  present  time, 
discharging  the  duties  of  the  same  in  a  manner  that  reflects  much  credit 
upon  his  ability  and  to  the  entire  satisfaction  of  stockholders  and  patrons, 
and  the  success  and  prestige  of  this  sound  and  well  known  institution  is 
due  in  no  small  measure  to  his  judicious  management  and  wise  counsel. 
Politically,  Mr.  Berst  is  a  Republican  and  is  progressive  in  his  ideas. 

On  October  18,  1904,  Mr.  Berst  was  married  to  Mabel  Buck,  a  lady  of  re- 
finement and  the  representative  of  an  excellent  family,  being  the  daughter 
of  Francis  and  Mary  (Jepsen)  Buck,  of  Welton  township,  this  county, 
where  they  have  long  been  influential.  One  son  has  graced  the  union  of 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Berst,  Walter  Benjamin,  born  on  August  21,  1905. 

Mr.  Berst  is  one  of  the  well-to-do  men  of  Welton,  and  is  regarded  by 
all  who  know  him  as  a  man  of  sound  business  principles  and  modern  methods. 
His  course  has  been  such  that  he  has  won  the  confidence  and  good  will 
of  all  with  whom  he  has  come  into  contact,  and  personally  he  is  a  pleasant 
man  to  know,  energetic,  genial,  unassuming,  honest  and  always  ready  to 
do  his  full  duty  in  the  work  of  progressive  citizenship,  and  it  is  to  such 
able  and  untiring  workers  as  he  that  this  locality  has  forged  ahead  until 
it  ranks  second  to  none  in  the  great  Hawkeye  commonwealth. 


HENRY  SCHOENING. 

A  descendant  of  an  influential  old  pioneer  family,  members  of  which 
have  figured  conspicuously  in  the  affairs  of  Clinton  county  from  the  days 
of  the  early  settler  to  the  present  time,  is  Henry  Schoening,  one  of  the 
thrifty  citizens  of  the  vicinity  of  Bryant,  who,  as  his  name  would  indicate, 
is  of  German  ancestry,  from  whom  he  seems  to  have  inherited  many  traits 
that  have  helped  him  to  win  in  the  battle  of  life. 

Mr.  Schoening  was  born  in  Clinton  county,  Center  township,  Iowa, 
on  December  8,  1866.  He  was  reared  on  a  farm  and  educated  in  the 
district  schools.  He  is  the  son  of  Frederick  and  Louisa  (Lammerts) 
Schoening,  both  born  in  the  province  of  Holstein,  Germany,  where  they 
were  married.     Soon  after  he  left  his  wife  there  and  came  to  America  alone. 


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locating  in  Clinton  county,  Iowa.  His  passage  was  paid,  but  he  had  nothing 
left  when  lie  arrived  here.  He  stopped  at  Lyons  and  took  up  employment 
at  such  labor  as  he  could  find  to  do.  Wages  were  not  high  at  that  time, 
but  h.e  continued  two  years  and  saved  his  earnings  until  he  had  sufficient 
money  ahead  to  send  for  his  wife  and  child  to  come  to  him.  After  their 
arrival  here  he  continued  to  work  and  as  soon  as  he  was  able  to  buy  a  team 
he  rented  land  and  engaged  in  farming,  continued  renting  for  several  years 
and  then  bought  forty  acres  of  timberland.  which  he  lost  no  time  in  clearing 
anrl  putting  in  cultivation.  He  prospered  as  he  added  to  his  lands  and 
finally  owned  eleven  hundred  and  twenty  acres,  divided  into  several  farms, 
renting  some  and  carrying  on  general  farming  on  others.  He  raised,  bought 
and  fed  numb(;rs  of  cattle  and  gave  all  his  attention  to  his  lands  and  farming 
interests.  When  a  young  man  he  was  stout  and  hearty  and  a  hard  worker, 
alwavs  conservative  and  careful  in  his  investments  and,  w'ith  careful  man- 
agement,  hard  work  and  honest  dealing,  he  created  a  large  estate.  He 
was  a  broad-minded  and  intelligent  man  and  a  good  financier.  He  was  a 
Democrat  in  politics  and  always  interested  in  public  affairs,  though  he 
never  aspired  to  office.  He  was  always  charitable  to  the  oppressed  and 
needy  and  a  good  neighbor  and  friend.  His  honesty  and  integrity  were 
above  reproach  and  his  word  was  as  good  as  his  bond.  Both  he  and  his 
wife  were  Lutherans  in  the  old  country,  from  which  faith  they  never  de- 
parted. The  father  was  born  on  May  28,  1835,  and  died  on  April -18,  1908, 
aged  seventy-five  years.  His  wife  still  survives  and  resides  at  Lyons,  where 
she  has  lived  for  fourteen  years ;  she  is  in  her  seventy-sixth  year,  but  wd\ 
preserved,  notwithstanding  the  hard  labor  and  many  hardships  she  under- 
went in  the  pioneer  days.  These  good  people  became  the  parents  of  nine 
children:  Lena,  Airs.  William  Schrader;  Anna,  who  married  Ingwer 
Momsen;  William  is  a  farmer:  Fred  lives  on  the  old  homestead:  Henry, 
the  subject;  August  is  a  farmer:  Lizzie,  now  Mrs.  Johan  S.  Snecklodt ; 
Minnie,  who  married  William  Wiese :  Ferdinand,  of  Lyons,  was  a  farmer, 
but  is  now  retired. 

Henry  Schoening  remained  under  the  parental  roof  until  his  marriage 
in  1803,  ^^^^  th^"  ^^^  rented  a  farm  where  he  labored  for  two  years,  after 
which  he  rented  a  farm  from  his  father,  where  he  yet  resides,  the  same 
consisting  of  three  hundred  and  twenty  acres.  After  the  death  of  his  father 
and  the  latter's  will  was  settled,  Henry  had  been  given  two  hundred  thirty- 
five  acres  of  the  farm,  with  the  improvements  thereon.  The  farm  had  a 
two-story  stone  house  and  one  large  barn.  He  has  remodeled  the  farm  and 
erected  corn-cribs   and  another  large   barn    for  convenience   and   has   made 


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his  house  and  home  more  attractive  by  cement  walks  around  the  yard  and 
house,  and  the  farm  is  well  developed  and  under  a  high  state  of  cultivation. 
He  cultivates  one  hundred  forty  acres,  the  balance  being  in  grass.  In  ad- 
dition to  his  general  farming  interests,  he  carries  on  a  large  live  stock 
business,  feeding  much  stock  of  a  first  class  variety  for  the  markets.  He 
feeds  very  large  numbers  of  cattle  and  hogs,  which  have  added  much  to  his 
income.  Politically,  Mr.  Schoening  is  a  Republican,  but  does  not  aspire  to 
office,  more  than  minor  township  offices.  He  was  reared  by  a  good  Lutheran 
mother,  from  which  faith  he  has  never  departed.  He  is  well  known  and 
commands  universal  confidence  among  his  many  friends  and  neighbors. 

Mr.  Schoening  married  Emma  Dittmann,  who  was  born  in  Hamp- 
shire township,  this  county,  on  July  2,  1872,  the  daughter  of  Claus  and  Anna 
(Frahm)  Dittmann,  he  of  Schleswig-Holstein,  Germany,  she  also  of  that 
country.  They  were  married  in  the  old  country  and  came  to  i\merica  in 
1870,  locating  in  Hampshire  township.  He  was  a  carpenter  by  trade.  He 
had  small  means  when  he  came  to  America,  but  by  thrift  and  economy 
saved  enough  to  buy  two  hundred  acres  of  land,  which  he  first  rented,  but 
later  his  sons  conducted  it.  He  never  engaged  in  farming  himself,  but 
worked  at  his  trade.  He  is  a  voter  and  is  well  posted  in  all  business  of 
the  county  and  nation.  He  has  never  aspired  to  office,  although  he  has 
served  on  the  school  board  and  several  other  minor  offices.  He  became  well 
known  and  highly  respected  in  each  community  in  which  he  lived.  Both 
he  and  his  wife  are  Lutherans.  He  is  now  seventy-five  years  old,  and  his 
wife  is  sixty-three.  They  have  retired  from  active  labor  and  reside  on 
the  old  homestead  in  Hampshire  township.  Four  children  were  born  to 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Dittmann :  Minnie,  Mrs.  Adolph  Thiesen ;  Emma,  wife  of 
the  subject;  Rudolph,  a  traveling  salesman  for  farming  implements;  Her- 
man is  a  farmer  and  lives  on  the  home  farm. 

Three   children   have   been   born    to    Mr.    and    Mrs.    Henry    Schoening, 
Alfred,  Erwin  and  Laurina,  all  at  home. 


JOHN  P.  AMBROSE. 


Realizing  that  the  present  age  is  one  of  specialists,  when  in  order  to 
succeed  one  must  know  how  to  do  things  both  well  and  quickly.  John  P. 
Ambrose,  well  known  in  manufacturing  circles  of  Clinton  county,  sought  to 


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CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA.  10 1 3 

make  himself  proficient  in  whatever  he  turned  his  attention  to,  with  the  re- 
sult that  he  has  been  rewarded  with  a  large  measure  of  success  and  at  the 
same  time  has  won  a  reputation  for  industry  and  straightforward  dealings 
with  his  fellow  men. 

Mr.  Ambrose  was  born  in  Buffalo,  New  York,  December  lo,  1864,  and 
is  the  son  of  Norman  and  Barbara  (Schaller)  Ambrose.  They  were  both 
born  in  Alsace,  now  a  part  of  the  German  empire,  but  at  that  time  belonging 
to  France.  The  father  came  to  America  at  the  age  of  seventeen  years  with 
his  parents.  Barbara  Schaller  emigrated  to  our  shores  when  sixteen  years  old 
with  her  parents.  Both  families  located  in  Buffalo  and  there  the  parents  of 
John  P.  Ambrose  were  married.  The  father  began  work  as  a  poster  at  the 
Mansion  House  on  Main  street.  Later  he  began  "hacking"  for  himself  and 
followed  that  fourteen  or  fifteen  years.  Owing  to  ill  health,  he  then  pur- 
chased a  farm  in  Erie  county,  near  Gardenville,  and  remained  there  until  he 
retired  from  active  life  and  moved  back  to  Buffalo  where  he  spent  the  re- 
mainder of  his  days,  dying  in  March,  1903.  His  widow  is  still  living,  hav- 
ing reached  the  advanced  age  of  eighty-seven  years,  still  hale  and  hearty. 
She  is  one  of  the  oldest  settlers  in  Buffalo.  Seven  children  were  born  to  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  Norman  Ambrose.  Three  daughters  and  two  sons  are  living,  while 
two  sons  are  deceased. 

John  P.  Ambrose  was  educated  in  the  German  Catholic  schools  of 
Buffalo,  New  York,  and  he  also  attended  St.  Cornecia's  College,  from  which 
institution  he  was  graduated  in  the  class  of  1882.  He  started  in  life  for  him- 
self by  entering  the  crockery  l)usiness  for  George  E.  Newman  &  Companv 
at  Buffalo  as  delivery  boy.  He  then  learned  the  brass  finishing  trade  in  the 
same  place,  but  on  account  of  ill  health  he  gave  up  that  work  and  started  in 
at  the  Hamlin  Glucose  Works  at  Buffalo,  and  remained  there  for  a  period  of 
ten  years,  having  become  general  starch  boss  at  the  end  of  that  time.  He 
then  went  to  Peoria,  Illinois,  and  entered  the  glucose  business  as  foreman  in 
the  starch  department.  He  remained  there  two  years  and  then  went  to  Rock- 
ford  four  years  and  from  there  to  Waukegan,  where  he  became  an  employe  of 
the  United  States  Sugar  Refining  Company  and  remained  with  that  concern 
one  year,  then  went  to  Peoria,  Illinois,  with  the  Peoria  Glucose  Works,  where 
he  also  spent  one  year,  then  returned  to  Waukegan  and  worked  for  the  C.  N. 
Warner  Sugar  Refining  Company,  in  the  position  of  night  superintendent. 
He  remained  with  this  concern,  giving  his  usual  high  grade  service  and  eminent 
satisfaction,  until  the  concern  was  sold,  then  Mr.  Ambrose  came  to  Clinton, 
Iowa,  September  22,  1906,  and  was  employed  by  the  Clinton  Sugar  Refining 
Company  as  assistant  manufacturing  superintendent,  which  position  he  still 


10 14  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

holds  to  the  entire  satisfaction  of  all  concerned.  He  is  regarded  as  an  ex- 
pert in  this  line  and  his  long  years  of  practical  experience,  studious  habits 
and  careful  attention  to  details  renders  his  services  of  inestimable  value  to 
whatever  concern  he  is  connected  with. 

Mr.  Ambrose  is  a  Democrat  in  politics  and  he  belongs  to  the  German 
Catholic  church,  as  does  his  wife.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Catholic  Mutual 
Benefit  Association  and  the  Modem  Woodmen  of  America. 

On  April  8,  1890,  Mr.  Ambrose  was  married  to  Catherine  Woelfel,  a 
native  of  New  York  and  a  member  of  an  excellent  old  family.  One  child, 
Elmer  Edward,  was  bom  to  this  union.  He  is  now  a  student  and  is  a  base 
ball  pitcher  of  considerable  note.  Mrs.  Ambrose  was  called  to  her  rest  on 
Thanksgiving  day,  1892,  and  on  June  6,  1899,  Mr.  Ambrose  married  Margaret 
Cecelia  Shanahan,  a  native  of  Oil  City,  Pennsylvania,  and  a  lady  of  many  win- 
ning traits.  This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  three  children,  Catherine 
Margaret  and  Norman  Joseph;  one  child  died  in  infancy. 


JOHN  MARTIN  ATZEN. 

Among  the  young  agriculturists  of  Brookfield  township,  Clinton  county, 
who  have  forged  to  the  front  in  their  chosen  line  of  endeavor,  the  name 
of  John  Martin  Atzen  is  worthy  of  special  mention  in  this  connection, 
for  he  has  been  a  hard  worker  and  has  managed  well,  as  only  a  cursory 
glance  over  his  splendid  farm  will  attest. 

Mr.  Atzen  was  born  in  Berlin  township,  this  county,  June  29,  1881. 
He  is  the  son  of  Henry  and  Anna  (Wies)  Atzen.  both  natives  of  Germany, 
the  former  born  on  November  18,  1854;  the  latter  died  when  Mr.  Atzen 
was  young.  The  father  came  to  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  when  fifteen  years 
of  age  and  located  in  Berlin  township,  and  he  lived  with  his  uncle,  Peter 
Petersen,  there  for  some  time.  After  he  was  of  age  he  began  life  for  him- 
self by  renting  farming  land  in  Berlin  township,  which  method  he  followed 
for  several  years,  and  by  being  economical  and  working  hard  he  got  a 
good  start,  and  in  alx)ut  1883  he  bought  a  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty 
acres  in  Brookfield  township,  and  afterwards  bought  one  lumdred  and  twenty 
acres  more  adjoining.  The  place  was  nearly  all  timber  when  he  purchased 
it.  but  he  went  to  work  with  a  will  and  in  due  course  of  time  cleared  it 
and  placed  it  under  cultivation,  and  erected  good,  comfortable  buildings. 
He  carried  on  general   farming  and   stock  raising,   always   feeding  a  large 


CLINTON    COUNTY,    IOWA.  IOI5 

number  of  cattle  each  year.  Politically  he  was  a  Democrat  and  he  served 
his  district  as  school  director.  He  belonged  to  the  Lutheran  church  and 
was  a  man  of  high  integrity  and  honor,  his  life  being  led  along  such  lines 
as  always  inspire  the  confidence  and  good  will  of  others.  After  the  death 
of  his  first  wife  he  w^as  married  to  Mrs.  Anna  Bleadorn.  The  following 
children  were  born  to  the  first  union :  Harry,  Eddie,  John  Martin  and  Mrs. 
Anna  Schmidt.  Two  children  were  born  to  the  second  union,  Minnie 
and  Hilda.     The  father  moved  to  Maquoketa,  Iowa,  in  1905  and  retired. 

John  M.  Atzen,  of  this  review,  grew  to  maturity  on  the  home  farm, 
which  he  worked  when  old  enough,  and  he  attended  school  in  Brookfield 
township.  He  remained  under  the  parental  roof  until  he  married ;  in  fact, 
he  has  never  left  the  home  place,  but  prior  to  his  marriage  he  assisted 
his  father  with  the  general  work  about  the  farm,  and  since  then  he  has 
been  doing  for  himself,  and  he  has  shown  that  he  is  a  very  able  agri- 
culturist in  all  its  phases,  keeping  the  farm  well  improved  and  well  stocked 
and  his  labors  are  rewarded  year  by  year  by  abundant  harvests.  He  is 
enterprising,  hard-Working  and  is  highly  respected  by  his  neighbors,  as 
was  his  honored  father  before  him.  He  feeds  cattle  quite  extensively  and 
has  good  success  in  this  line.  Mr.  Atzen  was  baptized  in  the  German 
Lutheran  church  and  he  has  never  departed  from  that  faith. 

On  March  20,  1905,  Mr.  Atzen  was  married  to  Otilie  Kettelsen,  who 
was  born  in  Brookfield  township,  the  daughter  of  Claus  and  Hermina  Ket- 
telsen, which  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  two  children,  Martha  and 
a  baby,  Vernon.     Like  the  Atzen  family,  the  Kettelsens  are  highly  respected. 


WILLL\M  BRUCE  CRAMPTON. 

This  is  the  day  of  Anglo-Saxon  supremacy,  and  proud  should  those 
persons  be  in  whose  veins  flows  the  pure  English  blood,  for  theirs  is  the 
race  and  the  strain  w^hich  have  given  the  color  and  form  to  the  two  greatest 
nationalities  of  the  day,  the  American  and  the  British.  There  are  persons 
in  these  nationalities  of  many  and  various  descents,  but  the  English  element 
has  pressed  its  dominant  stamp  on  all  the  national  characteristics,  and  they 
are  to  all  practical  purposes  English  nations  throughout.  This  review  re- 
cords the  doings  of  a  family  who  exemplify  the  strongest  English  traits. 

William  Bruce  Crampton  was  born  on  June  16,  1881,  in  Clinton  county, 
Iowa,  the  son  of    William    Crampton.     William   Crampton    was    born   in 


I0l6  CLINTON    COUNTY^    IOWA. 

Lincolnshire,  England,  on  December  7,  185 1,  the  son  of  William  and  Mary 
Crampton.  His  parents  came  to  this  country  in  1852,  and  located  in  Eden 
township,  where  a  number  of  English  families  had  colonized,  and  there 
purchased  a  farm,  following  agricultural  pursuits  until  their  deaths,  at  the 
respective  ages  of  seventy-five  and  eighty-five.  They  were  the  parents  of 
ten  children,  six  of  whom  are  living,  all  in  this  county  except  Benjamin. 
Those  resident  in  Clinton  county  are  John,  George,  Eliza  (now  Mrs.  Halless), 
Mrs.  John  Clement  and  William. 

William  Crampton  received  his  education  in  the  common  schools,  and 
was  married  in  this  county  to  Eliza  Robson,  who  died  on  July  11,  1881,  and 
was  buried  in  Elvira  cemetery.  There  were  born  to  them  four  sons,  Frankie 
(deceased),  Elmer  E.,  Oliver  and  William  Bruce.  The  three  last  named 
live  near  each  other  on  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres  each  of  fertile  land  im- 
proved with  good  buildings.  Their  father  retired  from  the  farm  in  1904, 
first  moving  to  Clinton,  and  later  purchasing  property  at  Low  Moor,  where 
he  now  resides.  He  began  married  life  on  the  farm  where  his  son,  Elmer 
E  ,  now  lives,  and  Ijy  good  management  and  industry  accumulated  property 
until  he  was,  when  he  retired,  the  owner  of  five  hundred  and  sixty  acres 
of  fine  farming  land,  the  most  of  which  lies  in  Center  township. 

William  Bruce  Crampton,  the  youngest  member  of  the  family,  resides 
upon  his  farm  of  one  hundred  and  sixty  acres,  located  one  mile  east  of 
Elvira.  He  is  a  young  man  of  sterling  qualities  and  one  of  the  successful 
young  farmers  of  his  county.  In  politics  he  is  a  Democrat,  in  religion 
a  member  of  the  Lutheran  church,  while  fraternally  he  is  a  member  of 
the  order  of  Eagles.  He  is  unmarried.  None  of  the  younger  residents  of 
the  township  are  more  popular  or  better  liked  than  is  Mr.  Crampton,  nor 
have  a  more  promising  future. 


JACOB  HOFFMANN. 

Although  probably  not  a  relative  of  the  great  German  composer  bearing 
the  name  of  Hoffmann,  the  gentleman  whose  name  introduces  this  biograph- 
ical review  has,  nevertheless,  esthetic  qualities,  in  a  way,  whether  he  has 
made  a  reputation  as  a  musician  or  not,  for  he  is  a  lover  of  nature  and 
harmony  and  symmetry,  as  is  shown  by  the  tasty  manner  in  which  he  keeps 
his  farm  in  Hampshire  township,  Clinton  county,  for  it  is  calculated  to  impress 
the  stranger  at  a  glance,  being  well  kept,  clean  and  in  proper  order. 


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Jacob  Hoffmann  was  born  in  Germany  on  February  21,  1862,  the  son  of 
Peter  and  Martha  (Paulsen)  Hoffmann,  both  born,  reared  and  echicated  in  the 
fatherland,  nnd  who.  in  the  year  1873,  emio-rated  to  America  and  located  in 
Clinton  county,  Iowa.  The  father  was  a  shoemaker  by  trade,  which  he  fol- 
lowed successfully  until  old  age.  He  lived  in  Washington  township,  this 
county,  where  his  death  occurred  on  February  21,  1901.  His  widow  is  still 
living,  now  at  an  advanced  age.  They  were  the  parents  of  seven  children,  all 
of  whom  are  living. 

Jacob  Hoffmann  received  his  education  in  the  schools  of  Germany,  where 
he  grew  to  maturity.  He  also  attended  school  a  short  time  after  coming  to 
this  country.  He  was  reared  on  a  farm  and  he  took  up  farming  for  a  life 
occupation,  working  out  as  a  farm  hand  until  he  was  thirty-four  years  old, 
or  in  1896,  when,  having  saved  his  money,  he  purchased  a  farm  of  one  hun- 
dred and  sixty  acres  in  Hampshire  township,  Clinton  county.  He  has  brought 
this  place  up  to  a  high  state  of  cultivation  and  improvement,  and  built  a  fine 
house,  a  good  barn  and  made  all  necessary  improvements  on  the  same.  He 
is  a  general  farmer  and  raises  some  good  stock.  In  politics  he  is  an  inde- 
pendent voter,  preferring  to  support  the  men  who.  in  his  judgment,  are  best 
qualified  to  fill  the  offices  sought.  He  and  his  wife  belong  to  the  Lutheran 
church  at  Elvira. 

On  March  3.  1897,  Mr.  Ploffmann  was  united  in  marriage  with  Mrs.  i\Ia- 
tilda  Jacobsen,  a  native  of  Clinton,  Iowa,  where  she  was  reared  and  educated. 
This  union  has  resulted  in  the  birth  of  three  children,  Martin,  Ernest  and 
Louisa. 


CHARLES  JARGO. 


This  sketch  deals  with  the  life  of  a  man  who  is  prominently  identi- 
fied with  the  farming  and  stock  raising  interests  of  Elk  River  township 
and  the  vice-president  of  the  Teeds  Grove  Savings  Bank.  Charles  Jargo 
was  born  in  Elk  River  township,  Clinton  county,  Iowa,  on  March  218,  1864, 
was  reared  to  farming  and  stock  raising,  and  recei\'ed  his  education  in  the 
district  schools,  and  at  Riverside  Institute,  where  he  spent  two  terms.  He 
is  the  son  of  William  F.  and  Wilhelmina  (Lange)  Jargo,  both  natives  of 
Mecklinburg.  Germany,  where  they  were  married.  William  F.  Jargo  was 
reared  as  a  shepherd  boy,  caring  for  the  sheep,  later  engaged  in  regular  farm 
work,  and  when  married  came  to  America,  landing  in  New  York  in  1857. 
From  there  he  came  to  Chicago,  where  both  he  and  his  wife  found  employ- 


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ment  on  a  farm,  for,  being  without  means,  they  were  not  afraid  to  work. 
Here  they  remained  but  a  short  time  and  then  came  to  CHnton,  where  he 
found  work  cutting  cord  wood  for  the  railroad  at  a  low  price  per  cord. 
Later  he  worked  at  such  labor  as  he  could  find,  mostly  for  the  farmers, 
often  taking  pay  in  some  of  their  produce,  on  which  he  could  live,  thus  con- 
tinuing until  he  was  able  to  buy  a  yoke  of  oxen,  when  he  rented  a  farm. 
He  rented  until  1867,  when  he  bought  eighty  acres  of  land  at  twenty-five 
dollars  per  acre,  with  a  small  amount  of  improvements,  including  a  box 
house.  He  resided  on  this  farm  until  his  death,  to  which  he  added  until  it 
included  two  hundred  and  forty  acres,  and  had  bought  other  lands,  and 
aided  his  three  sons  in  the  purchase  of  farms.  Mr.  Jargo  followed  general 
farming  and  stock  raising,  also  buying  and  feeding  stock  for  market,  mostly 
shipping  his  own  stock,  and  giving  his  attention  to  his  farm  and  its  prod- 
ucts to  the  exclusion  of  other  matters.  In  the  true  sense  of  a  self-made  man, 
he  accumulated  a  good  estate.  His  best  and  most  often  consulted  adviser 
was  his  wife,  a  faithful  helpmate.  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican,  but  never 
aspired  to  office  beyond  serving  in  some  of  the  township  offices,  among  them 
that  of  school  director,  which  he  filled  for  several  years.  He  and  his  wife 
were  brought  up  in  the  Lutheran  faith,  from  which  they  never  departed, 
and  were  well  known  and  highly  respected  residents  of  their  community,  of 
honor  and  integrity  above  reproach.  Mr.  Jargo  died  on  August  24,  1903, 
in  his  ninety-fourth  year,  his  wife  on  September  24,  1904.  They  were  the 
parents  of  three  sons:  William,  who  is  a  practical,  neat  and  successful  farmer 
in  Jackson  county,  Iowa;  Charles,  and  Ernest,  also  a  prominent  farmer  of 
Jackson  county,  living  near  Miles,  and  near  his  brother  William. 

Charles  Jargo  was  reared  on  the  old  homestead,  which  he  now  owns 
and  where  he  resides  and  carries  forward  the  work  inaugurated  by  his 
father.  He  has  made  a  record  equal  to  his  father's,  and  is  engaged  in 
general  farming  and  the  raising  of  thoroughbred  and  registered  Short- 
horn cattle,  Percheron  and  Norman  horses,  and  Poland  China  hogs.  He 
has  added  to  the  homestead,  and  now  owns  four  hundred  and  sixteen  acres 
of  farming  and  grass  land,  well  adapted  to  stock  raising,  with  running 
water  and  wells  in  each  field.  The  house,  which  is  built  on  an  elevated 
site,  he  has  remodeled  and  enlarged  and  has  erected  other  needed  buildings, 
making  his  one  of  the  best  improved  farms  in  the  township.  He  is  a  stock- 
holder in  the  Teeds  Grove  Savings  Bank  and  its  vice-president.  This  is 
one  of  the  solid  institutions  of  Clinton  county.  He  also  owns  an  interest 
in  two  fine  stallions  of  proved  merit,  one  a  Percheron  and  the  other  a  Belgian, 
and  is  a  member  of  a  threshing  machine  company,  and  the  committeeman 


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that  bought  the  machine.  For  eight  years  he  has  been  a  member  of  the 
school  board,  and  has  given  liis  children  a  good  education,  three  of  them 
having  graduated  from  the  high  school,  and  three  from  the  public  schools, 
ready  for  advancement.  Mr.  Jargo  is  a  strong  and  active  Republican,  but 
has  cared  to  hold  no  offices  save  that  of  township  clerk.  Baptized  in  the 
Lutheran  faith,  he  has  never  departed  from  it.  Fraternally,  he  is  a  member 
of  the  Odd  Fellows  and  has  filled  all  the  chairs. 

In  1888  Charles  Jargo  was  married  to  Julia  Kunau,  the  daughter  of 
John  and  x\nna  C.  (Feldtmann)  Kunau,  natives  of  Germany,  where  they 
were  married  and  where  their  daughter  Julia  was  born.  John  Kunau  came 
to  America  without  his  family  in  1868,  landing  in  New  York,  then,  bringing 
the  family,  made  a  short  stop  in  Ohio,  and  came  on  to  Iowa,  where  he 
started  in  on  a  small  scale  as  a  farm  renter.  He  was  successful,  and  later 
bought  a  good  farm  of  three  hundred  acres,  forty  of  which  were  in  timber. 
After  advancing  age  had  come  to  him,  he  sold  the  farm  to  his  son  and 
retired  from  active  lal3or.  In  politics  he  is  independent.  He  and  his  family 
are  members  of  the  Lutheran  church.  Mr.  Kunau  is  well  known,  and  highly 
respected  where  known.  His  family  consisted  of  Julia,  Mrs.  Jargo;  John, 
a  farmer;  Theresa,  Mrs.  M.  H.  Peters;  Ernest,  a  farmer;  Bertha,  Mrs. 
Henry  Peters;  Elfreda,  Mrs.  Ferdinand  Peters:  xA.lfred,  farmer  on  the 
homestead;  and  S.  H.,  assistant  cashier  of  the  Teeds  Grove  Savings  Bank. 
To  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Jargo  have  been  born  six  children ;  the  eldest  are  twins, 
William  H.  and  John  K.,  born  October  8,  1890:  Alta  P.,  born  on  Sep- 
tember 3,  1892;  Malinda  J.,  born  on  March  17,  1895;  and  Marvin  B.  and 
Ervin  A.,  twins,  born  on  December  24,  1896. 

The  Drover's  Journal  of  Chicago  offered  three  prizes  for  subscrip- 
tions to  their  paper,  the  second  of  which  was  a  ticket  to  Washington,  D.  C, 
which  was  won  by  Marvin  B.,  one  of  Mr.  Jargo's  youngest  sons.  So  his 
father  paid  the  fare  for  his  twin  brother,  and  the  two  boys  made  the  trip, 
and  stood  in  front  of  the  Capitol  in  the  group  and  had  their  pictures  taken 
with  the  national  winners,  the  whole  being  quite  an  achievement  for  thir- 
teen-year-old boys. 


WILLIAM  STRUVE. 


The  name  which  heads  this  sketch  is  one  of  the  best  known  names  in 
Elk  River  township  and  in  Clinton  county,  as  that  of  the  miller  of  Hauntown, 
while  his  mill  is  one  of  the  historic  landmarks  of  the  county.     William  Struve 


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was  born  in  Jackson  county,  Iowa,  on  August  i8,  1858,  the  son  of  Ernest  H. 
and  Safrina  (Schnoor)  Struve,  both  natives  of  Germany.  Ernest  H.  Struve 
was  born  in  1826,  and  in  1848  came  to  America,  first  locating  in  Texas,  and 
later  in  Scott  county,  Iowa.  He  bought  raw  land  and  in  1854  bought  in  Jack- 
son county.  In  1868  he  sold  this  and  engaged  in  milling  at  Teeds  Grove, 
having  learned  the  millwright's  trade  in  his  native  land.  He  remained  but 
one  year  at  Teeds  Grove,  and  then  bought  an  interest  in  the  mill  near  Haun- 
town.  in  Elk  River  township,  which  he  conducted  until  1887,  when  he  sold 
the  mill  to  his  son  William  and  moved  to  Almont,  where  he  bought  an  im- 
proved farm,  and  where  he  was  postmaster  for  a  number  of  years,  living 
mostly  a  retired  life.  He  was  a  very  competent  miller,  did  both  merchant 
and  custom  work,  and  was  very  successful  and  much  respected,  being  known 
as  the  "honest  miller."  In  politics  he  was  a  Republican  and  took  much  inter- 
est in  public  affairs,  being  proud  of  his  adopted  country.  Both  he  and  his 
wife  were  members  of  the  Lutheran  church.  He  died  on  April  24,  1900;  his 
wife  preceded  him  in  December,  1898.  She  was  the  daughter  of  Henry 
Schnoor,  a  native  of  Germany,  who  came  to  America  in  1854,  with  his  family, 
and  located  in  Jackson  county,  where  he  followed  the  millwright's  trade  for  a 
time,  which  he  had  learned  in  the  old  country,  and  also  did  carpenter  work. 
He  was  a  Lutheran.     Air.  Struve  was  among  the  oldest  of  his  eight  children. 

To  Ernest  Struve  and  his  wife  six  sons  and  two  daughters  were  born, 
namely:  The  eldest  died  in  infancy;  Paul  H.  is  a  farmer  and  assistant  in  the 
mill;  William;  John,  the  miller  of  Lyons;  Ferdinand,  formerly  a  fanner  and 
miller,  now  lives  retired  at  Miles,  Iowa;  Amelia  married  John  Frahm;  Ed- 
ward is  a  farmer;  Martha  M.  married  J.  L.  Myers. 

William  Struve  grew  up  at  farming  and  milling,  attended  the  district 
schools,  and  has  a  good  practical  education.  He  assisted  his  father  in  the  mill 
for  some  time,  then  rented  it  from  him,  and  finally  bought  it.  This  mill  was 
an  old-style  buhr  mill,  which  he  has  since  remodeled  and  now  uses  up-to-date 
machinery,  having  six  pairs. of  rolls  for  wheat,  while  he  uses  the  old  stone 
mill  for  buckwheat  and  rye,  and  does  merchant  and  custom  work.  He  ex- 
changes with  the  farmers  flour  for  wheat,  grinds  feed,  and  also  runs  a  saw- 
mill in  connection.  The  Elk  River  mill  is  one  of  the  oldest  in  Iowa,  the 
present  mill,  which  succeeded  others  on  the  same  site,  having  been  built  in 
18^4.  originally  using  water  power  from  the  Elk  river,  but  Mr.  Struve  has 
attached  a  steam  engine  for  use  when  the  water  is  low.  In  early  days  the 
settlers  came  for  one  hundred  miles  about  to  Elk  River  mill,  and  Hauntown 
was  one  of  the  prosperous  early  settlements,  while  the  mill  is  an  old  land- 


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mark  known  to  all  of  the  early  settlers.  It  has  always  been  operated  by  cap- 
able millers  and  the  people  have  been  treated  honestly.  Mr.  Struve  uses  home 
grown  wheat  except  when  the  supply  is  short,  then  ships  in  from  elsewhere. 
For  many  years  he  gave  his  entire  attention  to  the  mill,  but  has  later  branched 
out.  The  mill  property  contains  over  three  hundred  acres  of  farming,  pas- 
ture and  timber  land,  and  Mr.  Struve  raises  cattle,  hogs  and  horses,  and  feeds 
cattle  and  hogs  for  market,  mostly  shipping  his  own  stock.  In  1898  he  as- 
sisted in  organizing  the  Sabula  Telephone  Company,  which  was  incorporated 
in  that  year,  and  is  president  of  the  company,  which  has  over  three  hundred 
phones  in  operation.  In  politics  he  is  a  Republican,  and  active,  being  a  lead- 
ing member  of  the  township  committee  and  having  filled  school  offices  and 
served  as  township  tax  collector  with  credit  to  himself  and  satisfaction  to  the 
people  and  party. 

Mr.  Struve  has  been  twice  married,  the  first  time,  in  1888,  to  Ella  Myers, 
a  native  of  Elk  River  township,  the  daughter  of  Adam  and  Eizzie  (Kline) 
Myers,  her  father  a  native  of  Germany  and  her  mother  of  Ohio.  Adam 
Myers  was  a  farmer,  Ijut  has  now  retired  to  Lyons,  where  his  wife  died  in 
April,  1910.  Four  children  were  born  to  Mr.  Struve  by  his  first  wife:  Cora 
M.,  Ethel  I.,  Joseph  W.  and  Roy  A.,  all  at  home.  Their  mother  died  in 
March,  1896.  Mr.  Struve  was  again  married  in  November,  1897,  ^o  Dora 
Myers,  a  sister  of  his  former  wife.  To  this  union  there  have  been  four 
children  born:  Virtus  H.,  Lyle  A.,  Harvey  E.  and  Leslie  M. 


JOHN  F.  FOX. 


The  name  of  John  F.  Fox  is  well  remembeed  in  railroad  circles  in  east- 
ern Iowa,  and,  in  fact,  by  a  wide  circle  of  loyal  friends  and  acquaintances, 
for  he  was  for  many  years  considered  one  of  the  best  men  in  his  line  of  work 
in  this  country  and  his  genial  personality,  coupled  with  his  straightforward 
business  policy  and  his  hospitable  manner,  made  him  admired  and  respected 
by  all  who  came  into  contact  with  him.  He  will  not  soon  be  forgotten  h